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.: Virtual Salt Robert Harris Version Date: February 28, 2012 Earlier version: December 18, 2010; June 14, 2009; November 17, 2004 The availability of textual material in electronic format has made plagiarism easier than ever. Copying and pasting of paragraphs or even entire essays now can be performed with just a few mouse clicks.
What is plagiarism? How do I discourage plagiarism? How can I tell if a student has copied their report from the web?
Plagiarism has been around for as long as there have been students. However, the advent of the Internet has dramatically increased the opportunities and ease to plagiarize. The phenomenon of plagiarism is affecting Universities all around the globe.
Introduction: The New Plagiarism Could electronic text spawn a virulent strain of student copying? Is cut-and-paste the enemy of thought? Many teachers who work in "wired schools" are complaining that new technologies have made it all too easy for students to gather the ideas of others and present them as their own. The New York Times reports that "cheating is on the rise." ( Go to September 16, 1998 article ) The New Plagiarism may be worse than the old because students now wield an Electronic Shovel that makes it possible to find and save huge chunks of information with little reading, effort or originality. Is the New Plagiarism any worse than the old?
Cybercheats What we're going to do today: We'll hear Timmy's Tragic Tale. We'll see some of what is available on "Paper Mill" sites We'll learn of tools to use with Students/Teachers to deter plagiarism We'll learn the proper spelling of Plagiarism (it took me a couple of tries) We'll use several "explorations" to learn even more... "Explore Time": (Best to Print this sheet if you don't have it) See what type of materials are available on www.sparknotes.com and www.novelguide.com .
Instructions: Select a paper/assignment which you have written within the last 10 days. The paper must be at least 2 typed pages in length, or 100 words. Only continuous prose can be used for the test.