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Top 10 Plagiarism Books


What is plagiarism? Why is originality so important? These books explore the history of plagiarism, along with discussions of scandals in publishing, academia, and beyond. The bottom line is: Don't do it!

1. Stolen Words: Forays into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism

by Thomas Mallon. Harcourt. From the publisher: "Award-winning author Thomas Mallon begins in the seventeenth century and pushes forward toward scandals in publishing, academia, and Hollywood, exploring the motivations, consequences, and emotional reverberations of an intriguing and distressingly widespread practice."
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2. Plagiarism in Early Modern England

by Pauline Kewes. Palgrave. From the publisher: "Variously centered on translations of the Bible, historiography, drama, poetry, dance treatises, sermons, and colonial grammars, the essays show how a nexus of concepts developed between the Renaissance and the early 19th century—plagiarism, imitation, forgery, copyright, and intellectual property—and how they have been defined and contested."
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3. Allusion to the Poets

by Christopher B. Ricks. Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "Christopher Ricks is among the best known living critics. His third collection of essays, several newly written for this book, is strongly focused on the theme of how writers--especially but not exclusively poets--make use of other writers' work..."
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4. Plagiarism, Copyright Violation and Other Thefts

by Judy Anderson. McFarland & Company. From the publisher: "Over 600 articles written from 1900 through 1995, fully annotated, covering a wide range, from anecdotes in popular magazines to discussions in academic journals. The entries are in three parts: the money trail; the detection and proof of violations and the punishment of offenders; and defending one's property."
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5. The Art of the Footnote: The Intelligent Student's Guide

by Francis A. Burkle-Young, and Saundra Maley. University Press of America. From the publisher: "This book shows why footnotes are valuable, even essential, as a part of writing in the context of the scientific and historical methods of research; how easy it is to become thoroughly familiar with the various types of notes and when to employ them; and how to create footnotes..."
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6. Pragmatic Plagiarism: Authorship, Profit, and Power

by Marilyn Randall. University of Toronto Press. From the publisher: "Randall turns her focus on the critical debates surrounding cases of perceived plagiarism. Her study ranges over centuries, charting the progress of plagiarism in the history of Western letters from its first appearance in Roman times to contemporary disputes about intellectual property."
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7. The Spinster and the Prophet: H.G. Wells, Florence Deeks, and the Case

by A.B. McKillop. Four Walls Eight Windows. From the publisher: "From accounts of their contrasting lives, personal memoirs, and the courtroom transcript - where Deeks fought her case of plagiarism - McKillop weaves the story like a legal thriller. 'The Spinster and the Prophet' is not only about a citizen's day in court, but about who is entitled to write history and who is not."
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8. Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property

by Siva Vaidhyanathan. New York University Press. From the publisher: "In 'Copyrights and Copywrongs,' Siva Vaidhyanathan tracks the history of American copyright law through the twentieth century."
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9. Standing in the Shadow of Giants: Plagiarists, Authors, Collaborators

by Rebecca Moore Howard. Greenwood Publishing Group. From the publisher: "From Plato's paradoxical dependence on and rejection of Homer, to Jerome McGann's dismissal of copyright as the 'hand of the dead,' 'Standing in the Shadow of Giants' surveys changes and conflicts in Western theories of authorship."
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10. Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era: A Wake-Up Call

by Ann Lathrop, and Kathleen E. Foss. Greenwood Publishing. From the publisher: "Put a stop to high-tech and more traditional low-tech forms of cheating and plagiarism... Sample policies for developing academic integrity, reproducible lessons for students and faculty, and lists of helpful online and print resources are included."
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