Setting the Record Straight: How Online Database Providers Are Handling Plagiarism and Fabrication Issues
College & Research Libraries
Cosgrove, J., Norelli, B., & Putnam, E. (2005). Setting the record straight: How online database providers are handling plagiarism and fabrication issues. College & Research Libraries, 66(2), 136-148.
As a result of several well-publicized media scandals involving plagiarism and outright fabrication, the authors question whether online database providers are appending or linking corrections to original stories. Unfortunately, in most cases, the answer is no. In this study of how some major database providers (EBSCO, LexisNexis, ProQuest, and Thomson/Gale) handle highly publicized cases of plagiarism and fabrication, only LexisNexis was found to append corrections, and even then inconsistently. Databases are not alone in this oversight; even the Web sites of the publications involved were unreliable in their treatment of corrections of their own articles.