ERIC Number: ED450824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Rooks, Clay D.
This paper addresses the subject of cheating and plagiarism via the World Wide Web. After spending just a few hours browsing on the Internet, the author found dozens of "cheat" sites that offered term papers of all kinds. Some sites charge a fee for papers, some sites only request that students join by sending in one of their papers to add to the list, and some sites offer what they have for free to anyone, including professors. Most offered papers with in-text citations or footnotes and bibliographies, at no extra charge. The Evil House of Cheat, for example, offers access to 9,500 essays covering over 40 categories for $9.95 a year. Some of the more disingenuous sites pretend to be research companies that send papers to students to use only as "reference" or as a "resource." Though it is difficult, if not impossible, to stop cheating and plagiarism completely, several successful strategies have been developed and tried over the years. A number of them are presented. One is to avoid giving open-ended or generic topic assignments. In addition, setting specific criteria and standards for the materials that must be in the paper might make plagiarism impractical if not nearly impossible. (JA)
Descriptors: Cheating, Community Colleges, Educational Strategies, Internet, Plagiarism, Student Behavior, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, World Wide Web
For full text: http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcon98/paper/rooks.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper contributed to the Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference (3rd, Honolulu, HI, April 7-9, 1998).