ERIC Number: EJ704034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Confronting Plagiarism: How Conventional Teaching Invites Cyber-Cheating
Change, v36 n3 p16 May-Jun 2004
The digital revolution makes it easy for students to plagiarize. Using Internet search engines, DVD-based reference works, online journals, Web-based news sources, article databases, and other electronic sources, students can find information about nearly any topic and paste the data directly into their papers. Or students can take credit for documents they find or buy online, or that they get as e-mail attachments from friends living down the hall or a thousand miles away. Not surprisingly then, digital plagiarism is on the rise. A 2001 survey by Donald L. McCabe, a Rutgers University professor who has been tracking student cheating for years, found that 41 percent of students said they engaged in "cut-and-paste" plagiarism from online sources. This compares to just 10 percent of the students McCabe surveyed three years earlier.
Descriptors: Search Engines, Plagiarism, Cheating, Internet, Ethics, Integrity, Student Behavior, Research Papers (Students), Higher Education, College Students, Writing Skills, Teaching Methods
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement