How to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Classes

Those of us who teach writing know how to teach students to avoid plagiarism by teaching what it is, how to quote, and when to cite a source. It’s not that hard to teach students who want to avoid plagiarism what to do to make sure they don’t accidentally plagiarize. They need to keep goodContinue reading “How to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Classes”

Can Plagiarism Charges be Racist?

Towards the end of her chapter on plagiarism in Bad Ideas About Writing, Jennifer A. Mott-Smith makes the claim that plagiarism charges could be racist. I paraphrase and perhaps exaggerate her claim. What she says in the chapter “Plagiarism Deserves to be Punished” (where all chapter titles need to be read as “bad” ideas, soContinue reading “Can Plagiarism Charges be Racist?”

Plagiarism in Creative Writing

The recent plagiarism controversy sparked by Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican National Convention on August 18, 2016 has me thinking. Besides the obvious political ramifications of being found to have used ideas and language from Michelle Obama,¬†which has to be embarrassing on multiple levels, the controversy has raised issues of plagiarism definitions and importance.Continue reading “Plagiarism in Creative Writing”