Plagiarism can be defined by the author as stealing ones published work or ideas and passing them off as ones own. An example would simply be to borrow thoughts that are not ones own and slip them in to his or her paper to strengthen it. One can only imagine the amount of information available on the Internet today. In a way it is a little like the old joke about the thermos bottle. “How does it know?” Some searches can produce a million hits of results and sources that range from rock solid reliable to tabloid trash.
With so much information available, it is no wonder that plagiarism has surfaced as one of the most reoccurring problems that schools and universities face each day. With just a quick search on the Internet, one is able to find a number of sources that would sell a term paper for just a few dollars. One such site “The Paper Experts”, offers 15,000 pre-written college term papers in APA format, for just a nominal fee. It would be very frustrating for a teacher to check each paper submitted by a student for authenticity, however there is now software available to do just that. According to the makers of “Turnitin” the software will search billions of pages of information, both archived and current, to find plagiarism violations (Turnitin, 2007).
Plagiarism has been around a long time, probably since the first printing press was invented or before, but not since the advent of the Internet has taken on a whole new meaning. Reports of rampant violations float around and people from all walks of life violate copyright laws all the time (Simmonds, P., 2003). One of the most recent and most famous cases has been the dismissal of Ward Churchill... [continues]
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