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Past Journal Club Articles

Past Journal Club Articles

October 2015

Why Plagiarism Doesn’t Bother Me at All: A research-based overview of plagiarism as academic opportunity

The October Journal Club article sparked a good deal of discussion about plagiarism and how it is dealt with on Waterloo campus. While the article’s author is perhaps a bit lenient, we at the Library spent more time parsing through the details: how can we teach effective sharing through open access while still explaining the importance of giving credit? How can we adapt students to the mini-culture of a campus, understanding that an undergraduate degree is training for the world of academia? Is there a better way to use iThenticate as a teaching tool? In the end, we believed one of the most important factors to consider was intent – and I’ll admit that intentional plagiarism still bothers me quite a bit.


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