pla·gia·rize (plā´ jǝ rĪz) vt. to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one’s own¹
Here are some excellent resources discussing plagiarism in genealogy
- Plagiarism—Five “Copywrongs” of Historical Writing by Elizabeth Shown Mills
- Let’s Talk About Plagiarism by GenealogyInTime Magazine
- The Plagiarism Problem Rears its Ugly Head by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
- Beware of Plagiarism on Genealogy Websites by Familytree.com
- Genealogy Today: Plagiarism not unusual in genealogy by Betty Malesky
Here are a few good articles from outside the genealogy world
- Avoiding Plagiarism by Diane Harvey, et al.
- What is Plagiarism? by the University of Notre Dame
- Plagiarism by the University of Oxford (I really like this one)
There are plugins and programs to check for plagiarism. If you are interested in something like this please read 10 Sites That Check for Plagiarism by Jennifer Frost. She gives the pros and cons of both free and paid services.
¹Michael Agnes, editor, Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th ed. (Cleveland: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2001), 1100.
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