Here are three examples of plagiarism taken straight from the news, uncovered in three very different sectors ...
New York Times article: Two Accuse Stephen Ambrose, Popular Historian, of Plagiarism.
(Image: VCU CNS. “19_amendment.” 12 Feb. 2015. from Flickr)
Top Canadian scientist and award-winning student caught in 'blatant plagiarism' of text. Article from The National Post, a national Canadian newspaper.
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Daily Beast article: Jonah Lehrer’s ‘Self-Plagiarism’ Scandal Rocks The New Yorker: The acclaimed pop-neuroscience writer was caught recycling his own material. Will he suffer consequences?
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All three of these plagiarism cases could have been avoided if the authors correctly cited their sources. You can avoid plagiarism in your own work by:
- Understanding when to cite.
- Understanding how to properly paraphrase and when to directly quote your sources.
- Documenting your citation information DURING the research process.
- Using a consistent citation style.
(Image: Duffy, Brooke. “Don’t be that guy: Don't Plagiarize meme.” Fairfield University Archives, 12 Aug. 2015.)