If you have you missed the news last year, here is the article again: “http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/12/09/mars-hill-church-plagiarism-controversy-citation-errors/”
Many different versions of the truth, many different explanations, many tries of covering it up and talking themselves out of it – we will never know the truth for sure. But it illustrates how dangerous plagiarism is and that you can’t really trust anyone – a pastor trust his/her research assistant the same way our professors have to trust us not to plagiarize and cite correctely. It is scary to think of it from the professors point of view – he is putting his good name on the paper or dissertation without being able to check every little sentence for plagiarism. He has to trust us to do the science correctly and not mess up the experimental results and in addition he has to trust us to not cite wrong or plagiarize. I think many cases of plagiarism and citation errors happen by accident, so in my opinion it is one of the most important things a professor has to teach his new student from the start: how to conduct research correctly and how to cite and write.