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I've not been one of the unfortunate ones to run into plagiarism of my blog. This isn't to say it doesn't happen, but I'm not actively looking for it, nor do I suppose any of my readers either. I have watched from the sidelines of many plagiarism issues blew up in the blogosphere. I have never really wanted to add my two cents to the fray.
I work with college students and I know very intimately the importance of citing your sources, giving credit, and the consequences in the real world of plagiarism. I've given many a lecture on how to cite your sources and when you should, though often when I graded papers later, I wondered if they had even heard me.
This is not just a blogging problem, it is much broader than that. What I think is more insidious about it here online is that it is very easy to get away with. There is no one to "grade the paper" or "check your work." Many do not make that connection between what you read somewhere else and what you write on your blog. And it can be hard! What happens if you read something and it aligns with what you've been thinking. Does blogging about the same thing make you a plagiarist? Very likely, no. But, it never hurts to link back to that other person, if only to say, "My thoughts are similar to this person's." I've tried to do this when I read a review that says what I wanted to say, only better.
I guess my only advice is to be aware of what you read and what you blog. Remember to link to those people who may inspire or get your thoughts flowing. It's better to share the love than end up on the brunt end of a plagiarism "scandal."
I was going to talk about my nonfiction reading, but it is so slim these days it's not really worth mentioning. I just wish I read more! I'm totally open for some suggestions of highly readable non-fiction. Here are a few titles I've enjoyed over the years:
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Miles to Go for Freedom by Linda Barnett Osborne
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone
Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Longitude by Dava Sobel
Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas
What do you recommend? And how do you deal with plagiarism?
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