Journal of Information Ethics, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 1994)

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About the Author(s)

Robert Hauptman is professor emeritus of St. Cloud State University and editor of the Journal of Information Ethics.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Robert Hauptman
Format: softcover (6 x 9), back issue
Pages: 96
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 1994
ISSN 1061-9321
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editorial: Plagiarism and Scholarship     3
Publisher’s Comments     4

Current Issues: The First Amendment: Another Look     5

I. The Accusation and Response
Reading Between the Texts: Benjamin Thomas’s Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Oates’s With Malice Toward None     8
“A Horse Chestnut Is Not a Chestnut Horse”: A Refutation of Bray, Davis, MacGregor, and Wollan     25

II. In Defense of Bray
Sharing and Stealing: Persistent Ambiguities     42
“A Sin Against Scholarship”: Some Examples of Plagiarism in Stephen B. Oates’s Biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Faulkner     48
Plagiarism and the Art of Copying     58
A Crying Need for Discourse     65
Towards a Definition of Plagiarism: The Bray/Oates Controversy Revisited     70

III. In Defense of Oates
The Oates Case     76
Concerning the Charge of Plagiarism Against Stephen B. Oates     78
Popular Biography, Plagiarism, and Persecution     80
When the Trial Is the Punishment: The Ethics of Plagiarism Accusations     83

Reviews     89
Article Alerts     91
About the Contributors     95

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “The only periodical exclusively devoted to all of the issues…. Diverse topics”—Choice
  • “Noteworthy for the currency of its subject…intellectually stimulating…a fine blend of the practical and theoretical…a valuable source”—Library Journal
  • “Points to the need for thoughtful exploration of the place of information (and of librarians) in the good (‘ethical’) life, both at the individual and the social levels”—C&RL News
  • “Interesting and informative”—SRRT Newsletter
  • “Interesting mix of contributors…lengthy book reviews”—American Librarians
  • “Welcome…interesting and thought-provoking…highly recommend it for all libraries”—ALR
  • “Readable…important”—People’s Culture
  • “Courageous”—Sipapu
  • “Some of the sharpest and most stimulating essays on the subject…responds to a very real need in the field. …excellent coverage of this difficult and increasingly complicated subject…a valuable and practical tool”—InfoManage
  • “Thought-provoking columns and articles in a readable style…useful to anyone concerned with information in society. …recommended”—Special Libraries
  • “Strongly recommended”—Journal of Academic Librarianship
  • “Carefully edited…provide[s] readers with full discussions on [the] issues”—Library and Information Science Annual
  • “Well-written pieces by librarians and other scholars. This thought-provoking journal should be required reading for students in library and information science programs and by practitioners and policymakers”—Magazines for Libraries.