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ERIC Number: EJ902688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Strategies to Help Legal Studies Students Avoid Plagiarism
Samuels, Linda B.; Bast, Carol M.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v23 n2 p151-167 Aug-Sep 2006
Plagiarism is certainly not new to academics, but it may be on the rise with easy access to the vast quantities of information available on the Internet. Students researching on the Internet do not have to take handwritten or typewritten notes. They can simply print out or copy and save whatever they find. They are even spared the tedium of having to retype the material that they have accessed; today's students can simply copy and paste the material into their assignments. Also, a number of companies, easily accessed online, provide finished research papers for students on business and law-related topics for a fee, which, if utilized, can substitute for doing any work at all. As a result, the age-old problem of plagiarism is exacerbated by the ease and availability of the copying. This article first reviews the importance of helping legal studies students improve their written communication through written assignments, despite the problem of plagiarism. The article argues that students need more education about plagiarism. It looks at definitions of plagiarism and considers typical problems legal studies students may have with plagiarism. The article then suggests faculty strategies for structuring assignments to avoid plagiarism in student assignments. (Contains 53 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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