Critical Response Essay
March 10, 2012
LOG 15- Annotated Bibliography
Dames, K. Matthew. "Understanding Plagiarism and How It Differs From Copyright Infringement." Computers In Libraries 27.6 (2007): 24-27. Professional Development Collection. Web. 8 Mar. 2012. In his article, “Understanding Plagiarism and How It Differs from Copyright Infringement,” Matthew K Dames informs his audience of the differences between plagiarism and copyright infringement and the misperception that they go hand in hand. Dames describes copyright infringement as “a set of laws and the illegal use of protected works without exception, license, or purchase” and defines plagiarism as “an act of stealing and passing off someone’s ideas or words as one’s own without crediting the source.” He opens his audience’s eyes to the unfair world of plagiarism as he cites a scandal at Ohio University where a disgruntled student accused other students of plagiarizing their thesis. Whether these allegations are true or not the accused has no way of defending him/herself and their reputation is ruined.
Dames explains in detail his views and actual definitions of plagiarism and copyright infringement. His comparisons of plagiarism to a “rumor mill” and “the scarlet letter” demonstrate his views on plagiarism’s lack of standards that create an unfair system to those accused of committing plagiarism. In the end, Dames advice to his audience is to be careful and cite all references used when writing.
Fialkoff, Francine. "Too Sensitized To Plagiarism?." Library Journal 127.20 (2002): 100. Professional Development Collection. Web. 8 Mar. 2012. In Francine Fialkoff’s article, “Too Sensitized to Plagiarism?”, she refers to a an incident where an author was accused by the New York Times for having “copied” an idea from another author’s work. In fact, there had been no “copying” done, rather, the author being accused admitted that the novella he wrote...