Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Some helpful guidelines about plagiarism appear in Mary Dunnewold’s recent article Plagiarism: Proceed with Caution. The piece includes some suitably cautionary anecdotes, like the story of a law graduate who plagiarized his graduation speech and may find his bar admission compromised as a result. Dunnewold includes two different definitions of plagiarism, one from Princeton University’s website, which says plagiarism is “the use of any source, published or unpublished, without proper acknowledgement.” One of the article’s suggestions is that students put an original aside before beginning to paraphrase it, thus eliminating the temptation to copy language without quotation marks. Dunnewold’s article is short and aimed at students, who may find its concise explanations useful. It’s available in hard copy in the September 2011 Student Lawyer magazine or, with a password, from the ABA website.