Plagiarism vs. Attribution WP Ombudsman 091111

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Plagiarism or poor attribution? By Patrick B. Pexton , Published: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 Washington Post Ombudsman In a Google-ized, Internetworked world, where so much information is at our fingertips, and the point of posting your thoughts on the Web is to spread them as widely as you can, what constitutes intellectual theft? That issue came up last week when a University of Texas at Austin professor alleged that a freelance writer for The Post stole his work and used it in an essay in the Aug. 28 Outlook section . The essay, by freelance writer Anna Lewis, was partly about the early history of women in computer science. During the 1960s and ’70s, women were welcomed into the field as computer programmers. In numbers and responsibility, women were gaining ground rapidly, unusual for science fields back then. Lewis’s essay opened by looking back to a 1967 article from Cosmopolitan magazine, “The Computer Girls,” which touted the new science as a career that young women should pursue. Lewis finished her essay by describing her recent difficulties in bringing young women into Fog Creek Software , where she worked as a recruiter. The problem is that Nathan Ensmenger, an expert on the history of technology, says that the first half of Lewis’s essay is based largely on his, and fellow academics’, considerable research into the role of women in the early
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2012 for the course COMM 231 taught by Professor R.toth during the Spring '12 term at Maryland.

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