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Assignment 2: Information Ethics maximuspontifex

Laura Stampler. A Brief History of Shia LaBeouf Copying the Work of Others. TIME Magazine. February 10, 2014.


This source is a list of 14 times when the actor Shia LaBeouf was caught plagiarizing the work of others. The author Daniel Clowes was one of the victims of LaBeouf’s plagiarism as LaBeouf’s first ever short film “took the script and even many of the visuals” from one of Clowes’ stories. LaBeouf later apologized to Daniel Clowes in a public tweet from his personal twitter account.

Plagiarism is not something any artist wants to be known for. The number of times LaBeouf has been caught plagiarizing has caused his career to be in a steady state of decline. In fact, LaBeouf’s career has never been able to make a come back since his plagiarism scandals were brought to light.

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Assignment 1: Research Questions

What is your general topic?   

Who was Gaius Julius Caesar?


What is your core question?

Why is Gaius Julius Caesar a celebrated historical figure?

Explain (in 2-3 sentences) why you chose to research this aspect of the topic

I’ve always been interested in Roman history. Gaius Julius Caesar is one of the most famous Roman rulers and I would like to know how he changed Rome.


Write your research question.

How did Gaius Julius Caesar come to power?


List all of the keywords and key phrases in your research question.

“Rome before Caesar” and “Rome after Caesar” are very broad. “Rome under Caesar’s rule” and “the reign of Julius Caesar” are more specific. “Julius Caesar’s rivals” is even more specific. “Life of Gaius Julius Caesar” is even more specific.

List at least 2 alternative keywords/phrases you could use.  

“Early Roman Empire” is broader than “Julius Caesar”

“Victories of Julius Caesar” More Specific than “Roman victories”

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