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Martin F Norden <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 10:14:41 -0500
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My thanks to everyone who responded to my call for help on a possible
plagiarism situation. For those interested in the details of the case,
the student cited only two sources: the P. E. Salles Gomes book on Vigo
and an online review of _Zero for Conduct_ at (This latter item, by
the way, is the only external-review link at the Internet Movie Database's
entry for this film.) The student handled these sources properly; it's
the unattributed material that worries me. The sample excerpts that I
posted the other day don't come from Salles Gomes, the online review, the
William Simon and John Smith books on Vigo, or any of the miscellaneous
French cinema books I examined in my school's library. As a number of
respondents have suggested, it may well be impossible to track down the
sources, and I must say that I've grown weary of the whole thing. I
haven't met with the student yet, but, when I do, I'll use a combination
of approaches suggested by Ken and others. At this point, it's the only
sensible thing to do. My hope is that if I speak with the student in a
non-accusatory way about the sources that he/she used, etc., it will be
clear in a matter of minutes if the paper was plagiarized or not. Thanks
again for your thoughts.

--Marty Norden
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