Doolittle, James. “Jaucourt’s Use of
Source Material in the Encyclopédie.” Modern
Language Notes, vol. 65, no. 6, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1950, pp. 387–92. JSTOR, JSTOR, doi:10.2307/2908748.
As Doolittle states, the Chevalier de Jaucourt has developed the reputation as one of the most prolific authors of the Encyclopédie, writing the largest number of articles for the work. However, he is also notorious for compiling sources for his articles, rather than writing his own according to extensive research and has been accused of plagiarism not a few times. Doolittle investigates, through specific examples, the different methods Jaucourt took when using source material in his articles, including use with traditional citation (i.e. quotes, author’s name), verbatim copying, and modification of original source. Doolittle notices that, when using other’s sources, Jaucourt rarely added his own writing; in fact, he reverted the order of sentences, deleted the sections he didn’t want, and rearranged paragraphs. Taken together, Doolittle intends to make Jaucourt’s intentions clearer behind his inexhaustible work for the Encyclopédie.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Plagiarism
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