Culwin, Fintan & Lancaster, Thomas. (2001). Plagiarism issues for higher education. VINE, Vol. 31 Iss: 2, 36-41.
According to Culwin and Lancaster (2001), plagiarism is becoming more and more abundant at schools of higher education. Students who plagiarize will not only be less prepared and less proficient in their area of study, but may also prove to be a great source of frustration to their fellow students who are aware of their deceitfulness. Some reasons students cited as excuses for their cheating include time restraints, personal inability to achieve good grades, and having knowledge of their peers’ plagiarizing, thus concluding it was an accepted standard among students. Due to the ever-increasing use of the internet, it has been discovered that plagiarized papers are abounding more and more. This has created a market for companies specializing in web-based and computer software that detects plagiarism. Although there is a plethora of these services from which to choose, two main problems arise for the professor who wishes to use them: some of them charge a fee for their service, and others require much work on the part of the professor to submit the document to check for plagiarism. The plagiarism detection services can be a valuable asset for any school, but they are not without their faults. Occasionally, a student’s work can be marked as plagiarized if the student has quoted from the same author as one of his or her classmates. This would require that the professor have a comprehensive understanding of what plagiarism is and is not. Unfortunately, schools differ greatly in their policies regarding plagiarism. If all places of learning had one cohesive policy against plagiarism, it could be possible to lower the number of those students who choose to cheat.
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