ERIC Number: EJ836238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Thwarting the Copycats
Briggs, Linda L.
Campus Technology, v22 n1 p22-24,26,28 Sep 2008
As any instructor knows, the easy availability of internet content has greatly increased student opportunities for work that is less than original. Today, the term plagiarism can range in meaning from using an unattributed phrase or sentence (accidentally or intentionally) to submitting entire purchased works as one's own. The profusion of online paper mill sites, which offer material that can be illicitly submitted as a student's work, have heightened what has been an ongoing battle since long before the internet. But while 25 years ago plagiarism might have meant two students sitting together copying each other's work or sharing notes from year to year, plagiarism today tends to make use of paper mill websites or sites such as Wikipedia, and it is greatly facilitated by the ease of finding specific information through search engines like Google. This article offers tips and tools for fighting plagiarism in schools.
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Internet, College Students, Writing Assignments, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Integrated Learning Systems, Computer Software, Web Sites, Privacy, Student Rights, Access to Information
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