But Isn’t This Plagiarism?

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February 11, 2013 by Jackie Hoermann

In a recent article from BBC News, a German prime minister of education was stripped of her doctorate degree for allegedly plagiarizing parts of her dissertation. (See our class Twitter for the article, @English250).

There have been plenty of famous cases of plagiarism throughout history, such as Vice President Biden or even Martin Luther King Jr., but this brings up a larger issue looming over the plagiarism debate: What constitutes plagiarism?

How do we know when to draw the line? Or how do we differentiate between sharing ideas, i.e. what we originally thought of vs. what we need to credit others for?

Free write about your experiences with plagiarism after reading the article, “But Isn’t This Plagiarism?

 

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