Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Question: How should we deal with plagiarism?

Answer: The author reviewed three books on the topic:

Academic Writing and Plagiarism: A Linguistic Analysis. Diane Pecorari. New York: Continuum, 2008.

My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture. Susan D. Blum. Ithica: Cornell UP, 2009.

Pluralizing Plagiarism: Identities, Contexts, Pedagogies. Ed. Rebecca Moore Howard and Amy E. Robillard. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2008.

The consensus in the three books is to react proactively rather than reactively—in other words, teach the students about the issues in plagiarism; don’t wait until you are faced with cases of probable plagiarism.

Quote: “The approach must be proactive, not reactive. That seems to be the central position of all of these scholars. We need to take proactive instructional action—not preventive punitive action—that engages our students as sophisticated consumers of discourses whose assumptions about text, identity, self, and authenticity may differ dramatically from ours—but may yet productively inform our classrooms.” P. 567.

Title: “Review: Theorizing Plagiarism in the University.” Kay Halasek. College English (May 2011), 548-568.

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