Who Owns This Text?
Who Owns
Who Owns This Text?
Carol P. Haviland & Joan A. Mullin
5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 200 pages

Published: 2008

ISBN 978-0-87421-728-5
paper $26.95

ISBN 978-0-87421-729-2
e-book $19.95

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Carol Peterson Haviland is professor of English, writing center director, and WAC and upper-division writing coordinator at California State University, San Bernardino. She is co-editor of Teaching/Writing in the Late Age of Print and Weaving Knowledge Together: Writing Centers and Collaboration.

Joan A. Mullin is chair of English studies at Illinois State University, as well as a consultant-evaluator for the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Her work appears in national and international disciplinary publications.

Who Owns This Text?

Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Cultures

ed. Carol Peterson Haviland and
Joan A. Mullin

Carol Haviland, Joan Mullin, and their collaborators report on a three-year interdisciplinary interview project on the subject of plagiarism, authorship, and "property," and how these are conceived across different fields. The study investigated seven different academic fields to discover disciplinary conceptions of what types of scholarly production count as "owned."

Less a research report than a conversation, the book offers a wide range of ideas, and the chapters here will provoke discussion on scholarly practice relating to intellectual property, plagiarism, and authorship---and to how these matters are conveyed to students. Although these authors find a good deal of consensus in regard to the ethical issues of plagiarism, they document a surprising variety of practice on the subject of what ownership looks like from one discipline to another. And they discover that students are not often instructed in the conventions of their major field.

Contributors include Linda Bergmann; Mary Boland; Andrea Lunsford, Marvin Diogenes, and Mark Otuteye; and Denise Stephenson with Lise Buranen.

Preview the Introduction in PDF.