In an age of online paper mills spitting out weak, sickly puppies of papers and destroying the integrity of college composition, I find myself becoming an anti-Cruella De Vil out to eliminate any use of such atrocities, checking and re-checking students’ papers to make sure no Dalmatian spots of plagiarism are found.
These internet services offer essays, term papers, research papers and the like to students of all ages and subjects. The more "reputable” of these sites prefer to charge a fee for their services, but free sites also exist for the less-fortunate (but no less-lazy) students. Don’t be fooled into thinking only freshman composition professors need worry about such sites. These mills prey on all matter of students. If a student must write anything in your class—from journal entries to theses—you, too, are in danger of receiving regurgitated ideas from the outer limits of cyber space. All manner of poorly-written essays on subjects from the Iliad to Iconography to Israel are left to be picked up and cuddled by students who like the looks of such a cheap and innocent-looking "puppy” in the cardboard box on the sidewalk.
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My aim when I first began using Turnitin's OriginalityCheck was to detect and punish plagiarizers, especially those who might be recycling papers from a previous section of my International Marketing course. Very quickly, within the first term’s use, I came to realize that my students were not intentionally cheating. Rather, they just did not know the mechanics of research and acknowledgment practice. As a result, I switched my focus from punishment to teaching the basics of source identification, selection of material, quotation, paraphrasing, citation, and referencing. I now tell my students to view submission of their papers to turnitin.com as a learning experience. And to bolster that message, I admit to them that I have submitted several of my own papers to the service.
The Poynter Institute recently published their annual roundup of plagiarism and fabrication incidents in the media and publishing industry. 2011 saw 21 such incidents in a variety of topics like sports, entertainment, politics, special interests and general news. Writer Craig Silverman highlighted that October 2011 was an abnormally big month for plagiarism, accounting for over 40% of the incidents for the entire year. Read the entire article here.
While repercussions from plagiarism vary—retractions, apologies, fines, suspensions, and firings; one thing that follows these writers is a scarlet letter practically branded across their foreheads of being plagiarists.
Suffice to say that there are a lot of factors and excuses that are involved in plagiarism in the media. Two factors seem most notable; (1) a rush to meet a deadline that causes some missed attribution; and (2) competitive pressure from editors, colleagues and other journalists. It's important for editors to be wary of these pressures and reinforce to their writers the permanence and damage that can result from missed attribution both, to the writer and to the publication.
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Students who do not use their school’s library writing centers are missing important, helpful programs, and their grades may be suffering because of this. Online universities offer some very useful tools that can help students to edit their papers, locate scholarly journals, and even double-check for plagiarism issues. One of the most useful programs available to students is OriginalityCheck by Turnitin.
The successful student will do their research through the school’s library database search engines. Once they have written their paper, and have double-checked that they have met all of the teacher’s requirements, they will submit their assignment to Turnitin (required by many schools). OriginalityCheck is the leading program that checks for plagiarism issues. The program carries over 150 million archived papers. There are a variety of websites where students can purchase papers. Schools are very aware of these sites and programs like Turnitin will catch these papers. Students should be aware that professors will submit their papers to Turnitin and will catch them if they try to submit work that is not their own.
The University of Phoenix uses Turnitin's plagiarism prevention tool in its Center for Writing Excellence. The software has guided me through a master’s program with the university and through the first courses of my doctorate degree. In the beginning of my master’s program, I used Turnitin to examine whether or not I was using too many quotes, or I was not paraphrasing well enough. As the program continued, I began to use it for checking my academic teams’ contributions. Once, at the eleventh hour of a project, I discovered that a teammate had copied and pasted his portion of the team project. I asked him review his contribution, paraphrase, and properly cite it, averting a possible low grade.
This Turnitin infographic is based on a white paper which offers a look into the web sources and writing practices of secondary and higher education students in the United States. It is based on the analysis of 128 million content matches from 33 million papers (24 million from higher education and nine million from secondary) over a one-year period.
Key findings include:
- Secondary students rely more on social networking and content-sharing sites.
- Higher education students rely more on paper mills and cheat sites.
- Wikipedia is the most popular site for both groups.
- Eight sites appear among the top ten most popular web sources for both secondary and higher education students.
- Educators should develop specific strategies to address plagiarism.
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