Scrapers and Slackers, Particularly Students: Take Note

Hate to be a bear about this, but have discovered to my intense annoyance that some of my posts about Emily Dickinson‘s works and Flannery O’Connor as well as an assortment of other exhortations to writers and fulminations about other great writers have been cribbed, hijacked and used in student papers.

Not cool. Very low life. You get an F for ethics and morals. I’m onto it and cooperating with the professors and instructors to put an end to this kind of lazy ass “scholarship.”

Look! Listen! And grow up.
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You will be called out.  I’m on a mission.

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About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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2 Responses to Scrapers and Slackers, Particularly Students: Take Note

  1. As a college instructor, this is a constant tension. Don’t ever feel bad as a contributor of knowledge that some have taken your words. The image that comes to mind are those annoying little dogs that hump the legs of innocent house guests. It is awkward, a little messy, and hardly an authentic romantic experience. On the students, be sure their sin will find them out.


  2. I agree. Have taught at colleges and universities on and off for many years. A professor has to contend daily with a pestilence of plagiarism. Very offensive and aggravating–and the dummies that practice this dark art generally wind up with an F or worse. With all the term paper checking software for plagiarism out there and used assiduously, particularly by English profs (!), to separate the sheep from the goats, you’d think these kids would wake up and just do the work. So silly.


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