In the wake of the scandal at the New York Times, wherein Jayson Blair fabricated and plagiarized numerous stories (and five years before that, reporter Stephen Glass was caught in similar acts of public deception at the New Republic), plagiarism is an issue we must confront. Whether committed willfully or unintentionally, plagiarism threatens the integrity of information, knowledge and scholarship.

This is a heavy issue, but please breathe easy and enjoy the lesson.

This tutorial will explain what plagiarism is, and will briefly discuss its legal and ethical consequences. Most importantly, it will suggest notetaking, documentation, and writing strategies to help you avoid accidental plagiarism.

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