Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I just read a plagiarized essay. Passages were copied directly from Wikipedia.

The ironic part? The topic of the essay is "deception."


Tony Arnold said...

I doubt it is something like the situation below but I thought you would find this interesting:

"Michael Crichton admitted to having once, during his undergraduate study, plagiarized a work by George Orwell and submitted it as his own. According to Crichton, the paper was received by his professor with a mark of "B−". Crichton claimed that the plagiarism was not intended to defraud the school, but rather as an experiment. Crichton believed that the professor in question had been intentionally giving him abnormally low marks, and so as an experiment Crichton informed another professor of his intentions and submitted Orwell's paper as his own work. [7] His issues with the English Department led Crichton to switch concentrations from English to anthropology."

--taken from Wikipedia entry on Michael Crichton.

JMG said...

Ha! What a great deception!

Unfortunately, my student isn't smart enough to do something like that.