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Plagiarism can be defined in two ways, and both should be taken equally seriously. Plagiarism is first defined as taking someone else's work and willfully attempting to pass it off as your own. Plagiarism can also be defined as using someone else's work and failing to properly cite your sources and provide attribution.<ref name=wpa>[http://wpacouncil.org/positions/WPAplagiarism.pdf ''Council of Writing Program Administrators'', "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices," accessed July 1, 2014]</ref>
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Plagiarism can be defined in two ways, and both should be taken equally seriously. Plagiarism is first defined as taking someone else's work and willfully attempting to pass it off as your own. Secondly, plagiarism can be defined as using someone else's work and failing to properly cite your sources and provide attribution.<ref name=wpa>[http://wpacouncil.org/positions/WPAplagiarism.pdf ''Council of Writing Program Administrators'', "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices," accessed July 1, 2014]</ref>
  
While the first instance of plagiarism is arguably more blatent, plagiarism in either form is damaging. Especially in the wiki environment, it is crucial to provide proper attribution to all of your sources and use your own voice when synthesizing information.
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While the first definition of plagiarism is arguably more blatent, plagiarism in either form is damaging. Especially in the wiki environment, it is crucial to provide proper attribution to all of your sources and use your own voice when synthesizing information.
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The term plagiarism refers to non-fiction work, while fabrication may be used to describe a similar situation involving fiction. To fabricate is to make up people or facts and pretend that they are real.<ref name=webinar>''Preventing Plagiarism and Fabrication webinar'', May 9, 2013</ref>
  
 
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Overall, this webinar focused most on traditional journalism, i.e. interviewing sources, breaking news, etc. Useful things to remember: plagiarism is rarely a single instance (from a writer) and crafting an anti-plagiarism policy is very important for an organization.
 
 
Plagiarism = non-fiction work; copying content without attribution
 
Fabrication = fiction work; making up people or facts and pretending they are real
 
  
 
Plagiarism is a gray area:  
 
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Plagiarism can be defined in two ways, and both should be taken equally seriously. Plagiarism is first defined as taking someone else's work and willfully attempting to pass it off as your own. Secondly, plagiarism can be defined as using someone else's work and failing to properly cite your sources and provide attribution.[1]

While the first definition of plagiarism is arguably more blatent, plagiarism in either form is damaging. Especially in the wiki environment, it is crucial to provide proper attribution to all of your sources and use your own voice when synthesizing information.

The term plagiarism refers to non-fiction work, while fabrication may be used to describe a similar situation involving fiction. To fabricate is to make up people or facts and pretend that they are real.[2]

Avoiding plagiarism

Even if the resources you use are in the public domain, you must still cite these sources (say where the words or images came from) and attribute ideas, quotes, and images to those sources.

Plagiarism vs. Copyright Infringement

Detecting plagiarism

See also

External links

Plagiarism.org is a project of iParadigms LLC, the makers of various plagiarism-checking tools

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References

category:Ballotpedia policies category:Copyright

  • Create Plagiarism AIT



Plagiarism is a gray area:

  • is it intentional?
  • how much content was plagiarized?
  • what is the reputation of the writer?

In an era of user generated content, plagiarism is more common.

Last year, collection of experts in journalism formed a committee to study plagiarism. Here are their main findings:

  • writers caught plagiarizing mostly blame pressure of newsroom
  • writers caught plagiarizing at large organizations blame competition
  • inadequate policies are an issue for companies
  • presenting suspect evidence to support a story is more common with inexperienced writers and small organizations

Question from audience - What is the line between aggregating content and plagiarism? Response was that no one in the industry agrees. I was hoping this would be a focal point of the webinar.

The easiest way to prevent plagiarism is through attribution. Lowest ethical bar is saying, “According to the Associated Press,...”

There are limits on the quotes one can excerpt from a source, though there is no set amount.

Policy Every company with journalistic intention should have a policy against plagiarism and fabrication. The speaker encouraged companies to use a sexual harassment policy as a template: things that cause it to happen, raising awareness of it, educating staff on repercussions on violation of policy, and treat everyone fairly.

Also include:

  • steps to prevent plagiarism
  • sourcing and attribution methods
  • how to deal with offenders
  • company limit on percentage of content that can be used and attributed in an article

Signs of plagiarism in an article

  • no or sparse attributions
  • change in voice
  • writing is beyond the writer’s skill level