Authorship, Copyright and Plagiarism

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  • 1. Authorship, Rights of Authors, Responsible: Use of Other’s Work In small groups, discuss the following questions and write your best answers in the spaces following.What or who is an author? What does it mean to create something?Are you an author? Name some of the things you have created.Suppose you wrote a prize-winning essay about the environmental effects of oil spills. You win acertificate and a handshake from the dean of your college. Then you find out that your roommatesent your essay to a magazine essay contest with his or her name on it instead of yours. Yourroommate wins $5,000. How do you feel about what just happened? What can you do about whatyour roommate did?Suppose your roommate took only one paragraph of your essay and still won the money. Would youfeel any differently?Suppose your roommate took your ideas, changed the language just a little, and won the money. Nowhow do you feel?What is plagiarism?Why is it important to cite your sources (to tell others whose intellectual property you used) whenwriting or doing other kinds of research? List all the possible reasons you can think of.From: Burkhardt, Joanna M., Mary C. MacDonald, and Andrée J. Rathemacher. Teaching Information Literacy: 35 Practical, Standards-based Exercises for College Students. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003, p. 15 (Exercise 6).