ERIC Number: ED462704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Busting the New Breed of Plagiarist.
Writer's Chronicle, Sep 2000
The new breed of plagiarists knows that stealing from the World Wide Web is quicker than stealing from the library at universities that typically provide online services. The new plagiarists have been weaned on chat rooms, guest books, news groups, mailing lists, MOOs, and MUDs--myriad online ways to procrastinate when final papers are due. The lazier the student, however, the more predictable his/her methods. The more electronic, the easier to access original documents. The more brazen, the greater the chances of self-incrimination. When accused of plagiarism, the new breed tends not to cower or cry but to rail and deny, defending thefts made with the click of a mouse. To bust the new breed of plagiarist: (1) Know your search engines; (2) Use a phrase from the first paragraph; (3) Choose odd or awkward phrases in body-text searches; (4) Do not use "Boolean" searches in Web engines, but do use them in library databanks; and (5) Use Boolean searches when accessing specific archives. Plagiarism represents a challenge to an educator's integrity and expertise and puts his/her reputation on the line. Go online to preserve it. (NKA)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Plagiarism, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, World Wide Web, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Associated Writing Programs.