College Plagiarism on the Rise

person using a computerCollege plagiarism: it’s as easy as copy and paste. Most college presidents say that they’ve seen a spike in plagiarism at their institution, according to “The Digital Revolution and Higher Education.”

The Pew Research Center surveyed 1,055 presidents from two- to four-year schools, both private and public, and found that over the past ten years plagiarism has increased with the expansion of computers and Internet in the classroom. In fact, 89 percent of college presidents said that the Internet and easy access to computers is to blame.

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How to Avoid Plagiarizing a Research Paper

college paperNothing says midterms like long nights in the library and eight-page papers. I remember that gut-wrenching time of the semester. Everyone I knew was chugging coffee in order to stay awake to study for their exams and complete their papers. Though we still have over a month before that dreadful time of the semester, you should be prepared to write that research paper. It’s crucial that you know how to avoid plagiarism before you hand it in, because in the age of Internet research, it’s happening more and more, intentionally or not.

Cite your sources: Cite a source whenever you incorporate ideas into your paper that were not your own ideas or thoughts. There are different ways to format your citations, including APA style, MLA style and Chicago style. Ask your instructor which style is preferred. It’s likely that you will also be asked to use in-text citations, which are generally followed after a paraphrase or a quote, so be familiar with these forms, as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheating in College Easier than Ever with these Essay Sites

InternetMagazines like Rolling Stone used to have advertisements in the back of their publications for “paper mills” (online companies that people buy, trade or borrow college essays and papers from), but now with more and more students having to submit papers to anti-plagiarism sites such as, universities are cracking down on academic integrity.

However, students are just coming up with new ways to acquire papers and essays without having to actually do the work themselves.

Instead of the simple “pay for your papers” plans of the past, Internet cheating has evolved into a broad and lucrative industry and proliferated at an accelerated rate since 2000. Reports speculate it has evolved because of the faceless nature of the digital world where websites can operate undisturbed. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Good Reasons to Never, Ever Plagiarize A College Paper

When I was a professor, I was pretty lenient with my students. I let students turn in things late if they had a decent excuse, and bent lots of other rules as well.  But there was one rule where I never exercised leniency with students, and that was plagiarism.  If I could prove that a student had plagiarized a paper, that was an automatic failure for the course and a report to the dean’s office.  End of story.

Why was I so serious about plagiarism?  Because plagiarism is seriously wrong.  Here are ten good reasons why students should avoid plagiarism:

1) It’s stealing and lying. Stealing and lying are wrong, remember?  Stealing someone else’s words and putting your own name on these words is wrong.  And even if you have permission from the original author to do this, you’re still lying to your teacher.  This isn’t exactly an ethically gray area.

2) Writing skills. You need them.  Trust me.  Jobs where you don’t need to know how to be a proficient writer are few and far between these days.  Writing assignments teach two things: first, whatever it is that the course is about, but second and perhaps more importantly, writing assignments are about writing practice.

3) Consequences.  Check your school’s policies about plagiarism.  It might involve failing an assignment, failing a class, or worse.  Usually, getting caught cheating multiple times means suspension or expulsion.  It’s not worth it. Read the rest of this entry »


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