Plagiarism

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In this article the author talks about plagiarism and feels that Internet could be one of the reasons why plagiarism is rapidly spreading, with Internet, students find it easy to cut copy paste data. But he mentions that to find out the exact measure of plagiarism that students do is still to be found, as there is lack of reliable first hand data on the rate of occurrence, nature and extent of plagiarism in student assignments. The author also mentions International as well as distant learning students, are more prone to higher levels of plagiarism cause they come from different backgrounds of academic, culture or reasons linked to the pressures of living and studying in a new environment. For distant learning students it is because of very little or no contact with their faculty. Novice students or young students are more prone to plagiarism than students who are older. The author also tries to tell us whether the software ‘Turnitin” is a boon or bane to find the measure of plagiarism with the help of a study which had an aim to find out what students actually do, rather than just agree to what they say they do, in terms of Plagiarism. The study talks about two university business assignments that involved 569 students and 1098 scripts approximately, in which different styles of plagiarism were recorded. Nationality, study mode and age did confirm some findings about the nature of student plagiarism but a few others did not provide significant relationship.

While plagiarism may or may not be rampant, the belief that it is rampant is certainly rampant (Zwagerman, 2008). Plagiarism is an act or instance of using the language and thoughts of someone, without the authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author (Dictionary.com). One of the most important points mentioned in this article is, Internet could be one of the strong reasons for the rapid spread of plagiarism, students often forget that...
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