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SGarza: GenreAndPlagiarism

In the article "The Ethics ofPlagiarism: How Genre Affects Writer," Daphne A. Jameson asks, "Are we giving students a complete understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it?" (18). While faculty members take an absolutist view on plagiarism, Jameson argues that plagiarism is a "relative" matter (18).

Jameson defines plagarism as the "misappropriation of materials (ideas, facts, words, structures) that were created, origniated, or discovered by someone else" (19). Students may need a better understanding of how documentation differs for differnt genres. Students are exposed to newspapers and magazines that do not use citations, but if they understand the role that genre plays in the academic research paper, as well as the expectations of the genre, they may be more apt to cite sources. Jameson advocates discussion within the classroom to determine thoughts on genre.

Acadmeic writing is dependent on the writer establishing credibility with the reader. The writer must prove that they are well versed in the subject with the help of supplemental information.

In order to teach these concepts, Jameson recommends developing definitions of plagiarism using a variety of genres, use public incidents of plagiarism and relate it back to a discussion on genre, analyze different uses of documentation in different genres, and practicing and ethical use of sources through practice with students.

  • Jameson, Daphne A. "The Ethics of Plagiarism: How Genre Affects Writers' Use of Source Materials." The Bulletin. 56:2 (1993). MLA. 10 March 2007.
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