Here we keep the discussion going with Part 5 …

Integrity with materialsquestions about acknowledgment

Questions & Queries:

  • When is it “research” and when it is plagiarism?
  • When does integrity require verbal footnoting?
  • What are acceptable ways of verbally footnoting a source?

Notable & Quotable:

  • “. . . it is a good rule never to make use of another’s contribution in a way that would be embarrassing to confess in public if the author were present.”[i]
  • “’Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,’ declares the Lord, ‘who steal My words from each other.’”[ii]
  • “I remember when Charles Allen came to preach in the little South Carolina town where I was the pastor of the Baptist church.  I had read all of Allen’s books of sermons—and preached most of them.  Some of our folks went down to Main Street Methodist to hear Dr. Allen.  One of them came back and told me, ‘You’ll never believe it, but that lanky old Methodist is preaching your sermons.’”[iii]

[i] Broadus, John, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, 3rd ed. (New York: Harper and Row, 1944), 87.

[ii] Jeremiah 23:30

[iii] Buckingham, Jamie, “Pulpit Plagiarism,” Leadership (Summer, 1983): 62-63.