Sunday, April 14, 2013

Accurate Citation: Chris O'Brien's Stalking the Trickster

Chris O'Brien, in his Stalking the Tricksters: Shapeshifters, Skinwalkers, Dark Adepts and 2012 writes:
Another recent incident of a so-called "man-bat" sighting was e-reported to Tim Binnell (sic) by a witness in Oregon.
This is the so-called "e-report" O'Brien writes that Tim received:
The "thing" was about 15 ft. from the witness at about 1:15 A.M. behind his house. He accidentally locked himself out of his house while working in his garage late last night. He went around to the back of his house to climb in through a window. He heard something and used the light from his cell phone, pointing it in the direction of the sound. The thing had a human form only quite large over seven feet with red reflecting eyes and very large wings. It jumped into the air flying off with the sound of massive air displacement with each wing stroke.

Actually, that passage was from my article Sacrificial Lambs Unto the Demon: Batsquatch in Oregon, May 5, 2009 that I wrote for my Trickster's Realm column, which appears on Tim Binnall's site.

In the notes section, the link to the article is given, but without credit to name, title or column.


Ray Palm (Ray X) said...

I tried the link to your article at Tim Binnall's site but it didn't work, not found.

OK, let's see if I have this right: a paragraph from one of your articles was used in a book without any credit to you given on the page it appeared. Were any quotation marks placed around the paragraph? Did the writer provide a reference to the note giving the link (such as a footnote number, asterisk, etc.)? Were the notes on the same page, at the end of the chapter, or at the end of the book?

What would help would be a scan or screencap of the page in question.

It sounds like the paragraph as published appears to be the words of the book's author, not you. Is that your point?

Maybe it was an oversight by the author but credit should have been given on the same page your paragraph appeared, e.g., "In an article written by Regan Lee that appeared on [name of site/url] she said:"

That's the way I would have done it. I don't like looking - even if by accident - that I'm plagiarizing someone. Someone doesn't really cover himself by including a footnote with only a link, especially if the note is at the end of the book, leaving the reader with the impression that the paragraph was written by the book's author, not the cited source.

Regan Lee said...

I'm not saying it was plagiarzing. But not enough care was taken to correctly credit the source. O'Brien makes it sound like, at best, it was Tim Binnall (or, Binnell as he wrote) wrote it. Untrue.

I wrote the article, and both passages that appear in his book appeared in my article. One was the email that O'Brien referenced -- that was sent to me, not Tim. The other, my words, from my article.

Then, in his notes at end of chapter, he does give the link to my article, but no title, no name.

Sorry about the link, I'll fix it later but right now have to go to work.