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Plagiarism Resources: Examples of Plagiarism or Misrepresentation

Egregious Examples

Recent examples of Famous Authors Who Have Been Accused of Plagiarizing or Misrepresenting Work:

  • Romance Author -- Cristiane Serruya copy-and-pasted material from other famous authors in her works
  • Dorris Kearns Goodwin (respected historian and scholar) -- accidentally copied quotes from note cards as her own ideas
  • Rockefeller University -- scientist falsified lab data to support his theories 
  • NYT journalist -- Jayson Blair forced to resign after he plagiarized and fabricated within his reporting
  • James Frey -- lied in his memoire about his life as a recovering drug addict
  • Duke University -- Erin Potts-Kant, a former researcher in the pulmonary, allergy, and critical-care departments of Duke Health, has had more than 12 scientific papers retracted since news broke of the allegedly falsified data
  • Rachel Dolezal -- is an American citizen known for being a white woman who identified and passed as a black woman.  
  • David Mikkelson, the co-founder of the fact-checking website Snopes, has long presented himself as the arbiter of truth online, a bulwark in the fight against rumors and fake news. But he has been lying to the site’s tens of millions of readers: A BuzzFeed News investigation has found that between 2015 and 2019, Mikkelson wrote and published dozens of articles containing material plagiarized from news outlets such as the Guardian and the LA Times.
  • Why Did a Peer-Reviewed Journal Publish Hundreds of Nonsense Papers? By Tom Bartlett
  • The journal Higher Education Quarterly published a study last month purporting to show that donations from right-wing benefactors influence scholars to promote similarly conservative causes and candidates for jobs. The authors are listed as “Sage Owens” and “Kal Avers-Lynde III” — initials that spell out SOKAL III. It didn’t take long for online sleuths to out it as a hoax. (overview)
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