Tag Archives: plagiarism

Scholarly reasearch

Though I do appreciate the simplicity of using Google, it is difficult to find something that is relevant to my research topic which is why I am glad Professor Leonard introduced us to Google Scholar. That is one application that helps me narrow down articles that are actually relevant and useful towards my research paper. Trying to just search through Google with the word ‘plagiarism’ does not actually find anything that I can write 5-8 pages worth of information regarding it but it just defines the word plagiarism. Just using Google was not able to provide me with any scholarly articles that I could use for my research paper. But using Google Scholar helped me find relevant information in milliseconds. After reading, ‘Apple’s’ blog post, I was tempted to try out ERIC and to my surprise I found it pretty good but I actually prefer Google Scholar because of its simplicity.

What would I do without Badke?

If I didn’t read the appendix of Badke’s book, I would have probably received a bad grade for my research paper.  Before reading and discussing what I wanted to write about for my research paper, my topic was very broad and it contained too many questions. On the sheet of paper Professor Leonard handed out a few weeks ago, I had written several questions for my proposal. Now I know that I initially made mistake. Without reading the appendix my research question would’ve been too broad and my research paper would be filled with just random questions that all referred to plagiarism. Now, after reading Badke’s book and discussing my paper with Professor Leonard, hopefully my paper shall be much more focused.


Maurice Isserman wrote out such a clear concept however, it may not be taken so easily. Though Isserman says that it is, in fact, easier to copy another person’s work as your own; won’t you be putting it up with a higher risk because of the punishments you could encounter in the future for yourself. I have to say that if a person doesn’t document wherever the concept/idea came from he/she is causing a fraud. It isn’t a difficult concept to add quotation marks, the author’s name, the piece that it came from, etc. It is unfortunate when a student who knows that plagiarizing is looked down upon, he/she still chooses to do it just for a few more hours of sleep or something. There have been cases where a student has earned an immediate F because of what he/she decided and forever that grade has to remain on his/her permanent record. It is an unclear thought to me as to why people would put themselves in situations like that when they could be at risk of losing everything that got them to that point.

Notes from today, and reading/blogging assignments for Monday, October 7

Today we discussed plagiarism and touched on issues of academic integrity. Slides from today are available here. On Monday, we will discuss access: personal, institutional, as well as the “digital divide.” Please read the following: Martin, The Politics of Research and Samuelson, Aaron Swartz: Opening Access to Knowledge.

Your blogging assignment is one reading response blog post.

Be sure to bring the Developing a Research Topic sheet with you Monday; we’ll build in some time to work on it some more. I distributed the Research Topic Proposal guidelines in class; be aware that the first draft of that assignment is due October 16 and the final version is due October 23.Questions about the research topic proposal? Get in touch!

~Prof. Leonard

PS: those of you interested in privacy might be interested in PRISMBreakup, a series of events, workshops, and talks on the topic of surveillance, all taking place this weekend at Eyebeam, a gallery at 540 W. 21st Street in Manhattan.


In my opinion people who steel other persons thoughts or who copying some thoughts from other blogs and after that publishing those thoughts in their own blogs, don’t have own opinion.Basically they live other person’s life,they can’t make something own.The best example of plagiarism is “Assassin of Secrets” where most of the text was stolen from other famous books.Thirty-four instances of plagiarism in the first thirty-five pages was found in that book.The making of a plagiarist can be hard to distinguish from the making of a writer.The author of “Assassin of Secrets” is Quentin Rowan.In this book he used specific method,where he stick together text from different books and outcome is absolutely new book,that is not similar to other books from other authors.From my personal experience i can compare this method with method which famous DJ’s use today.They choose some famous song.Mix this song with some other , or just change tempo of this song.They make beat faster or slower, they have thousands of techniques how to make song better for listeners.Same with this book by Rowan.Some people liked this new book , for someone it become more interesting than books,that they read before.


In the article by Isserman we know that Plagiarism is not good and no one should use anybody Else’s work for his or her purpose. We say plagiarism is bad but we still do it, in the case of the president of Hamilton College, either he did not do it intentionally or for him  plagiarism was going to be ok. In his case he had to resigned which was the best thing to do considering he was the president of the college and should be the romodel of the students, but yet he still did it. We know that there is a serious consequence for plagiarism but for some of us its a risk we are willing to take.



Oct 2nd Hw: Plagiarism

Plagiarism is something that we as readers are unaware of until we notice a sentence or quote that belonged to another author or until we go looking up similar novels and find out that the author we just read from took the ideas of a different author of a different book or article. To me plagiarism is taking someones words or writing word for word and claiming it as your own. But writers tend to take other writers ideas or thoughts and tend to “alter” them and make them their own. I would not call that plagiarism, as long as the writer who took the other writer’s ideas and thoughts and not copied it word for word.

plagiarism: a lie of the mind

In the article “plagiarism: a Lie of the mind” the author says that plagiarism is not impossible to avoid. You have to establish the ownership of the words you use, meaning that, you understand it to describe it in your distinctive way. Author gives some example with common phrases we use such as last gasp or wit’s end which started by famous writer. However copying those catchy phrases doesn’t make it plagiarism. But if you copy exact word for word, then its plagiarism. Also author mentions that you don’t have to write it in all your words. You can use quotation or attribution. Since everything we say or write is in our own words, then it can’t be plagiarism.

Plagiarism or Creativity

The term “plagiarism” has seemed to make its mark in the world by letting people know to not copy other people’s work. In the article “Plagiarism: a lie of the mind,” written by Maurice Isserman, he talks about what plagiarism is not in order for his audience to understand what plagiarism is. In my opinion, i feel that plagiarism has its reasons to be present and enforced because then we would just be saying the same thing someone else said instead of saying it in our own words and understanding it. It should be more enforced in literature since work is being published but i don’t think it should be enforced verbally. Verbal plagiarism is something that can’t be controlled.

That’s what S/He said!!

The idea of plagiarism is one that comes up frequently in academia. We are always told that using someone else’s ideas as our own is not good, for ethical reasons, however, under the right circumstances it can be acceptable. In The New Yorker article about Quentin Rowan, we see an instance where it is not acceptable. Over the years, in all the pieces he’s written, he has copied word for word verbatim from multiple sources to compose his books, essays, etc. His excuse was that he wanted to please everyone and make them believe he was a great writer. This facade reasoning is not unique to Rowan, generally when people plagiarize or borrow from others, they want their readers to believe that they are just that good. In The Chronicle article, the Hamilton College president, Eugene Tobin, had been using plagiarized materials in his speeches for nine years. His reason is not noted, but it’s possible he had the same reason as Rowan. These two articles demonstrate how plagiarizing can greatly damage your reputation and aid in losing your career, but what about the people who borrow words and phrases on a daily basis? In everyday conversations, we quote someone else, whether it be with song lyrics, movie lines, or phrases, whose origin is unknown, but should we lose too because of it?