Almost every student has been there: staring at his/her computer trying to get an assignment done when they have twenty other obligations swinging over his/her head. Students are trying to find the fastest and easiest way to get the assignment completed. Many students will plagiarize intentionally or unintentionally at some point of their educational career. Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work or ideas then calling that work their own. There is no acknowledgement being given to the original author. In Trip Gabriel’s “Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age,” the internet has created new challenges for students being able to give credit to ideas and information. Often, Students do not understand that information on
Plagiarism cases can provide insight on the dire consequences that can occur if a student is caught plagiarizing within an academic setting. A former student of Rutgers University, Amanda Serpico, was accused by her professor of plagiarizing on her opinion paper in her argumentation class (Bailey, 2011). Amanda received credit for using citations in a majority of the paper and providing the sources in the reference section, but she did not properly cite at least three verbatim passages that she used within her work (Bailey, 2011). Amanda utilized Turnitin software to review her paper and to detect plagiarism before turning in the assignment for grading to her professor (Bailey, 2011). The plagiarism accusation resulted in Amanda receiving a failing grade on the paper, a failing grade in the course, and being denied admission to several graduate schools. (Bailey,
In the digital age, which allows the use of the Internet in research, the lines of plagiarism are clearer and more identifiable for students than is the case with traditional research, which relies on works in hard-copy form.
In any educational or work setting integrity is paramount. Consequences of plagiarism can severely effect one’s academic or professional reputation. Proper citation of one’s sources can be easily detected with the evolution of plagiarism software. At the same time, this technology can also aid in creating an appropriately-cited document.
As one begins to grasp the concept of Schroth’s (2012) article The Plagiarism Plague, it is easy to identify the author’s dissatisfaction for plagiarism and the negative connotations he has for someone who is involved in this heinous offense. He initiates and summarizes his commentary with personal stories of how plagiarism has affected him. Schroth offers several solutions for the copyright issue that is upon us; he states, “the sanction for plagiarism must be at least an F on the paper, accompanied by a letter in the student's file to be consulted if it happens again, with the understanding that a second offense would mean expulsion.” Schroth was also sure to mention the collective approach necessary from all educators for his solution to be implemented. He believes the “policy will be effective only with leadership from the president and full cooperation from the faculty.” The writer goes on to explain how plagiarism has become an epidemic in this society and the effects of its prevalence thereof. Although plagiarism has become rampant in this society, it is still immoral and unethical. College students continue to plagiarize however, because they refuse to regard their education as a top priority and it has become culturally acceptable for people to falsify information without any serious penalties for their dishonesty.
What do you think of technology nowadays? Can you imagine a day when technology and internet disappears? I would answer no because I grew up using technology and it has provided many sorts of entertainment and educational help. Now, I can’t imagine how things will turn out if they disappear, especially for education because I’ve grown up relying on technology for school work and I believe this applies to almost everybody living in this generation. In Trip Gabriel’s article “Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age”, he claims that digital technology makes plagiarism and cheating much easy. The internet contains much information that is free and easy to access for many students. In his article, Trip Gabriel interviewed professionals or educators as well as students of various Universities in U.S. to prove his claims. By comparing examples from Trip Gabriel’s article and David A. Tomar’s writing on ghostwriting business to my own ethnographic study on younger generations perceptions of technology on
Contrary to general perceptions, the vast majority of students who have matched content in their work do not rely on cheat sites or paper mills. Instead, many more are using legitimate homework, academic and educational sites as research sources. The study also shows that student research and writing practices are following similar trends of the Internet as a whole. Increasingly, students rely on social networks and user-generated content sites such as content sharing and question-and-answer sites to find materials that they include in their papers. The report outlines some broad trends based on the findings of the study and offers instructors, administrators and parents steps to take to help students use and document sources from the Web.
Trip Gabriel's Article titled "Plagiarism Lines Blur For Students In Digital Age" Is a report on Plagiarism becoming a issue with the advancement of technology. Gabriel, former New York Times editor "...Gave up editing to return to full-time reporting..." Gabriel believes that plagiarism is at an all time high within colleges. a lot of kids don't even try to hide their academic dishonesty. Ranging from a student who "...did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information."; To a kid who did not even bother to change the color of the font he copied and pasted from a website, and everything in between. "Digital technology makes copying and pasting easy" (Gabriel 619). Today you can
Plagiarism is a concern for academic honesty and personal integrity. When I was an undergrad in the late 1980’s, repositories of papers were kept in an academic department to aid in plagiarism detection. Plagiarism was evaluated by a Professor recognizing particular work and being forced to ask a student for validity of original thought. Today there are tools students can use to avoid plagiarism (Turn It In, 2014). For this course we will submit our writings to an internet site called Turn It In to avoid plagiarism.
Plagiarism is using someone else’s work, words, production, researches and ideas without the approval or the acknowledgment of the writer or producer, and claiming the credit for himself. Many reasons and factors are attributed for the use of plagiarism and could be cultural, historical, linguistic, environmental and educational background. Plagiarism is a form of an academic dishonesty, academic misconduct, and a digital cheating. It is declared to be an unacceptable legal act and institutional regulations. And universities, schools, and instructors do not only need to decrease plagiarism, but they must also affect positively on students writings, increase the understanding of how to use digital technology to facilitate their academic writing.
One of the most popular tools available students on the internet is Google. Google’s search system allows users to perform very detailed and specific searches, even allowing user to search for specific file types such as Microsoft Word documents, Adobe Reading documents, which are popular formats for academic material. An article featured in the Minnesota State University Reporter states plagiarism has also become a big business as some companies provide prewritten papers, presentations, and other assignments a student may seek. In addition to these services some companies also offer custom research at a premium. (Kates, 2003)
Term paper mills are not a new development, and neither is dishonesty. However, the rise of the internet into an information hivemind has made commiting academic dishonesty easier, faster, and more clandestine than ever. In the case of higher education, the number of paper mills is rising at an alarming rate. 
Some students at University or College are likely to plagiarize from original sources, such as the Internet for their work. More than 1,000 will be suspended for plagiarism by Canadian Universities or colleges (Teitel, 2011). As illustrated by Emma Teitel’s experience, even if they plagiarized unintentionally, it does not matter and it would be an “excuse” because they actually did it and they should not have been ignorant or careless.
Ever since the invention of the World Wide Web by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, the number of people worldwide, in both developed and developing countries, using the internet to communicate and as a source of information has been on an unremitting increase. In 2005, there were approximately 1 billion internet users worldwide and has risen consistently. By 2017 there are roughly 3.5 billion internet users. This dramatic increase is due to the ceaseless technological advancements in telecommunications. At the same point in time from when the internet was introduced, there have been online communities.
Academic learning in today’s changing world brings demands to future professionals. Whether in a traditional classroom, or through distance learning, one thing is similar and which cannot bring forth a successful educational future. One thing that can damage anyone’s academic future is plagiarism. Whether being the future of a straight “A” student, or a student who is just getting by. The fact remains that anyone can fall victim to plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of other writer’s words without acknowledging the source and taking those words and passing them off as one’s own ideas (Jones, 2001). Some people may think plagiarism is just copying someone else’s work but in reality plagiarism is much serious and hold very serious