Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Jane Goodall, Plagiarist?

Using several unattributed and marginal sources for her new book, Seeds of Hope, noted author and primatologist, Jane Goodall has been labeled as a plagiarist ("Jane Goodall’s ‘Seeds Of Hope’ Book Contains Borrowed Passages without Attribution," Washington Post, March 19, 2013). In an email written as a response to these claims, she notes that she wanted to use a variety of "reliable sources." However, she seemingly took words from the less-than-authoritative Find Your Fate website according to the Post article, that doesn't list its sources. Also, her arsenal of quality information includes details lifted from Wikipedia.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Goodall isn't an expert of plants, so why do you think she decided to write a book on a topic she doesn't know well?
  2. What criteria do you use to select your sources of information for research papers? 
  3. Do you use Wikipedia for college projects? Why or why not?
  4. How do you make sure you don't plagiarize another author's work? Do you have a system for keeping a record of your sources?

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