Of LADY BIRD, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, and Revisiting the Question of PlagiarismThursday, December 28 2017 @ 08:47 pm Contributed by: Michelle Cruz Gonzales
When I confront my writing students about plagiarizing, they usually launch the same series of defenses and in roughly the same order:
- It’s just a coincidence that I had the same exact idea.
- I did read that book, article and/or see the movie, and I must have copied parts of it without realizing.
- Did you even notice all the places in their work that are different? Shouldn’t I get some credit?
- How dare you catch me cheating! (Here is where students lash out in anger.)