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Category Archive: Writing

Jan 25 2008

Anniversary reflections on this blog

Today’s post will mark the completing of three years since this blog began. Although I tend to ignore anniversaries of any kind, they do provide convenient points at which to step back and look at the big picture, to reflect on what was achieved, what was not, and where one should be going. I have …

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Apr 17 2006

On writing-5: The three stages of writing

(See part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 in the series.) I believe that part of the reasons students end up plagiarizing, either inadvertently or otherwise, is that they underestimate the time it takes to write. This is because they think that writing only occurs when they are actually putting words on paper …

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Apr 13 2006

On writing-4: The role of originality

(See part 1, part 2, and part 3 in the series.) So why do people end up sometimes plagiarizing? There are many reasons. Apart from the few who deliberately set out to do it because they are too lazy to do any actual writing of their own and lack any compunction about plagiarizing, I believe …

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Apr 11 2006

On writing-3: Why do people plagiarize?

(See part 1 and part 2 in the series.) Just last week, it was reported that twenty one Ohio University engineering graduates had plagiarized their master’s theses. Why would they do that? I think it is rare that people deliberately set out to use other people’s words and ideas while hiding the source. Timothy Noah …

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Apr 05 2006

On writing-2: Why do we cite other people’s work?

In the previous post on this topic, I discussed the plagiarism case of Ben Domenech, who had lifted entire chunks of other people’s writings and had passed them off as his own. How could he have done such a thing? After all, all high school and college students get the standard lecture on plagiarism and …

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Apr 03 2006

On writing-1: Plagiarism at the Washington Post

If you blinked a couple of weeks ago, you might have missed the meteor that was the rise and fall of the career of Ben Domenech as a blogger for WashingtonPost.com. This online version of the newspaper is apparently managed independently of the print edition and has its own Executive Editor Jim Brady. For reasons …

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