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The Seven Deadly Sins of Plagiarism

I handed this out to my 2nd year class on Medieval and Renaissance Literature. I wish it were not necessary!

Beware of the following:

Lust: your sinful desire for a good grade leads you to the ever-so-tempting paper mills.

Gluttony: overindulgence in the works of others.

Greed: desire for a better grade than you deserve.

Sloth: sheer laziness either in failure to do your own thinking and writing, or thinking that you don’t need to follow instructions or cite according to the required format.

Wrath: inappropriate feeling of hatred, revenge or even denial towards your instructor or the institution for imposing what you feel are unjust rules.

Envy: resentment of others for their hard work and careful attention to detail.

Pride: thinking you are above the law, too clever to get caught, or too “artistic” to need to follow the required format for citation.

(cross-posted)

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lidocafe
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Bravo!
asakiyume
Nov. 14th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
Love it!

Sadly, I find plagiarism even in academics' or professionals' work, on occasion. Some clever turn of phrase, unlike the stodginess or clumsiness of what I've just been reading comes up... I do an internet search, and voila, there it is. *sigh*
intertext
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is sad - but, alas, not entirely surprising.
a_d_medievalist
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
Ooh! Can I borrow with credit to your real self?
intertext
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Please, feel free!
intertext
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ps: I crossposted it on College English, so if you wanted a link you could use that one without compromising my "supah sekrit identity"
ext_42125
Nov. 14th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Wish it Weren't Necessary Too
Neat list. Lust is a bit of a stretch but, then again, the six deadly sins doesn't sound as good.

I think they call that poetic license.

It's a great work and I wish it weren't necessary. Sadly it is.

Of course, the element I harp on the most is the sheer dishonesty. You lie to the whole world when you plagiarize, there is no excuse for that in my mind.

Once again though, great work!
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