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Plagiarising ‘plagiarism’

Turnitin logo, via TCD websiteOn the eternal question of what constitutes plagiarism, via Critical Mass, a post that speaks for itself:

Welcome to the desert of the real

I know you ask yourself constantly: “What does plagiarism look like in the age of simulacrum?” Now we know:

In 2007, after several high-profile plagiarism scandals, Southern Illinois University released a 17-page report on how to deal with the issue. The report includes a lengthy definition of plagiarism, explaining exactly what does and does not merit the dreaded “p” word.

One problem: That definition appears to have been plagiarized.

The 139-word definition used in the report is nearly identical to the definition adopted by Indiana University in 2005. …

… Now if I were a clever postmodernist, I would have just posted Margaret Soltan’s analogous post here in lieu of my own. But I’m not that clever …

Read more here.

Bonus links: A cheat, moi? That’s unfair (Times Higher; hat tip Ninth Level Ireland) | Can law students get away with plagiarism? | The Morality of Plagiarism | Plagiarism is Plagiarism or Why Readily Available Online Information Changes Nothing | What do you do about plagiarism | What do you do about plagiarism | Students turn to web plagiarism | Study shows ‘plagiarism epidemic’.

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2 Responses to “Plagiarising ‘plagiarism’”

  1. CharonQC says:

    Nice One…. the problem is endemic in law schools. I was an examiner for nearly 25 years and marking coursework could be a nightmare.

    Always amused me when students lifted passages from my own course handbook. They could have showed a bit more style and gone for broke by extracting Chitty or Treitel! Mind you, I know both those works well… but give me some credit for knowing my own course textbooks!

  2. […] It’s Culture, Not Morality (hat tip: Ninth Level Ireland) updates Plagiarising ‘plagiarism’ […]

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