Who Owns This Text?: Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Cultures

  • Intellectual Property, Student Writing, interview, research

Edited by Carol Petersen Haviland and Joan A. Mullin

CoverCarol Haviland, Joan Mullin, and their collaborators report on a three-year interdisciplinary interview project on the subject of plagiarism, authorship, and "property," and how these are conceived across different fields. The study investigated seven different academic fields to discover disciplinary conceptions of what types of scholarly production count as "owned." Less a research report than a conversation, the book offers a wide range of ideas, and the chapters here will provoke discussion on scholarly practice relating to intellectual property, plagiarism, and authorship—and to how these matters are conveyed to students. Although these authors find a good deal of consensus in regard to the ethical issues of plagiarism, they document a surprising variety of practice on the subject of what ownership looks like from one discipline to another. And they discover that students are not often instructed in the conventions of their major field.

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Front Matter

Introduction: Connecting Plagiarism, Intellectual Property, and Disciplinary Habits, Carol Peterson Haviland and Joan A. Mullin

Chapter 1. Open Sourcery: Computer Science and the Logic of Ownership, Marvin Diogenes, Andrea Lunsford, and Mark Otuteye

Chapter 2. Collaborative Authorship in the Sciences: Anti-ownership and Citation Practices in Chemistry and Biology, Lise Buranen and Denise Stephenson

Chapter 3. Studying with Fieldworkers: Archaeology and Sociology, Mary R. Boland and Carol Peterson Haviland

Chapter 4. Appropriation, Homage, and Pastiche: Using Artistic Tradition to Reconsider and Redefine Plagiarism, Joan A. Mullin

Chapter 5. Higher Education Administration Ownership, Collaboration, and Publication: Connecting or Separating the Writing of Administrators, Faculty, and Students? Linda S. Bergmann

Conclusion. Rethinking our Use of “Plagiarism”, Carol Peterson Haviland and Joan A. Mullin


Appendix A. Common Research Questions

Appendix B. “Common” Knowledge




Publication Information: Haviland, Carol Petersen, & Joan A., Mullin (Eds.). (2009). Who Owns This Text?: Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Cultures. Utah State University Press. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/usupress_pubs/26

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