Poetry and Plagiarism

Posted by Janett Perry on Feb 2, 2010 7:44:00 AM

poetry2 resized 600Poetry is a literary form that depends on unique content.  Poems are distinguished on various levels of theme, verse, form and rhyme, with the end goal of leaving a reader with a message or emotional response to the written language. 

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Tagged:  Academic




SEO and Plagiarism : Duplicate Content

Posted by Janett Perry on Jan 26, 2010 7:45:00 AM

seo and plagiarism1 resized 600Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is a relatively new field that has grown symbiotically with the popularity of large search engines like Google.  

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Tagged:  Technology




Uncovering the Reality of Plagiarism

Posted by Janett Perry on Jan 25, 2010 7:47:00 AM
light bulb book2 150x150 resized 600A recent report about the University of Nottingham states that instances of plagiarism within the school have risen nearly 700% since 2004.  The records filed through the Freedom of Information act seem to highlight an alarming increase in students submitting plagiarized work.

The University of Nottingham, however, argues that the perceived statistic is not due to an increase in plagiarism, but rather an increase in plagiarism detection capabilities. 

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Plagiarism and Comedy

Posted by Janett Perry on Nov 20, 2009 7:48:00 AM

1187221 stage is yours 150x150 resized 600Comedians have been facing problems with a recent surge in internet plagiarism.  Stand up comics make their livings through their jokes.   Just as a writer creates a story – short or long – comedians spend countless hours crafting their humor and honing their jokes for the sole purpose of raucous laughter upon delivery. 

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Tagged:  Current Events




A World without Plagiarism Prevention

Posted by Janett Perry on Oct 27, 2009 7:49:00 AM

open box resized 600One factor that makes the internet such a powerful information tool is its open nature.  

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Tagged:  Technology




Plagiarism Checker Case Study: Hartford Courant

Posted by David Rothschild on Oct 2, 2009 7:54:00 AM

newspaper resized 600The Hartford Courant came under fire earlier this month for plagiarizing the stories of several of their competitors, including the Bristol Press and Britain Herald. 

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Writers Research Group: Combatting Plagiarism With iThenticate

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Sep 17, 2009 7:57:00 AM

Article by Darcy Laszewski

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Tagged:  Academic, Technology




A New Generation of Plagiarism

Posted by David Rothschild on Sep 15, 2009 7:58:00 AM

plagiarism pic to be or not to be1 resized 600There is no doubt that a new generation of kids are growing up with the internet as a centerpiece of their lives. Whether it be on Twitter or Facebook, teenagers are expressing themselves more and more via the internet.

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Tagged:  Academic, Social Media




Plagiarism: Conservative or Liberal?

Posted by Janett Perry on Jul 10, 2009 8:00:00 AM

bob creutz1 resized 600For those of you unaware, plagiarism is rampant. Be it Maureen Dowd (a liberal) or Ann Coulter (a conservative), plagiarism happens, and it happens frequently. I read blogs regularly, and it is not a surprise that people try to dismiss plagiarism accusations due to misguided attempts from political opponents to discredit individuals. I have said before that plagiarism knows no political boundaries. The definition of plagiarism is clear.
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means
* to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
* to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
* to commit literary theft
* to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
Kaavya Viswanathan claims crypt-amnesia (a new and controversial term). It seems that you can internalize content to the extent that you can assume ownership? Chris Anderson claims that publishers requested he abandon the footnotes for references to Wikipedia in “Free: The Future of a Radical Price.” Do citation aesthetics forgive the omission of standard citations to Internet resources? The Daily Kos calls Ann Coulter a “lazy, unimaginative writer,” in response to plagiarism accusations where her book and LA Times columns are concerned.
Where am I going with all this? People of all political bents have been found to have plagiarized.  Rather than politicize plagiarism issues, we should be focusing elsewhere in order to mitigate misconduct.  I do not argue that we are “standing on the shoulders of giants” (many attribute this to Newton), but the fact is that it is reasonable to seek out readily available resources to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism (see http://www.plagiarism.org). Writing is an art, and it deserves the respect that any form of artistic expression deserves. I include scholarly research as perhaps the most important form of writing, as this form generally has greater potential to influence the world we live in today. But be it scholarly research, or any other writing, recognize those that impacted your efforts and pride yourself on the originality of your content. Cite and cite often.

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Research Integrity

Posted by Janett Perry on May 14, 2009 8:02:00 AM

ethan resized 600Between Google Alerts, Tweet Beeps, general web searches and the like, we spend a good amount of time reading about research misconduct. Pretty standard fare, however, I have seen some debate as to whether authors or editors are responsible for instances of misconduct. I think that more important than appointing blame is taking a proactive role in promoting research integrity. When we partnered with CrossRef to offer a viable content verification technology to STM publishers, we aimed to benefit the entire research community. When we implemented a licensing option for individual researchers, we also aimed to benefit the entire research community. If we all think in terms of the larger communities that we serve, we will all be playing a vital role in promoting integrity in research. In fact, we will be promoting integrity in all things.

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