Plagiarism Debra Turman. Agenda What is Plagiarism How to Avoid Plagiarism Why Students Plagiarize Sources of Online Plagiarism How Teachers Detect Plagiarized

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<ul><li><p>PlagiarismDebra Turman</p></li><li><p>AgendaWhat is PlagiarismHow to Avoid PlagiarismWhy Students PlagiarizeSources of Online PlagiarismHow Teachers Detect Plagiarized Papers</p></li><li><p>What is PlagiarismThree Types of Plagiarism Direct QuotesParaphrasingUnique ideas</p></li><li><p>Direct QuotesIf you use someone elses writing without putting it in quotes, you have blatantly plagiarized.Even if you add the source in your bibliography, it is still plagiarism.</p></li><li><p>ParaphrasingBe careful about rewriting someone elses words. If your sentences use many of the same words and grammatical structure as the original source, it could be construed as plagiarism. Just put the text in your own words.</p></li><li><p>Original IdeaGive credit to unique ideas others have thought up.If you present the ideas of another without crediting them, you have plagiarized them.Obvious ideas, like know facts, dont have to be credited.When in doubt, attribute. </p></li><li><p>Tips for Avoiding PlagiarismAlways put quotes from text in quotations. Never forget to do this as this is the easiest way to get accused of plagiarism.</p></li><li><p>When ParaphrasingBe sure you are not just rearranging or replacing words.Rewrite the phrase in your own words and credit the original source.Double check what you have wrote by comparing it with the original writing.</p></li><li><p>Avoid Danger SpotsDont surf to paper mills.Dont use the Web to look for easy paper sources.Dont turn in other students papers as your own.</p></li><li><p>Why do students cheat?Some students do not come to school seeking an education. Instead, they want a credential that will get them a job. Learning is not a priority, getting a good job at graduation is.</p></li><li><p>This wont matter in the real world...Some students resent having to do research that they feel wont matter when they graduate. They see general education requirements as a waste of their time.</p></li><li><p>GPAsMany students feel intense pressure to maintain a high grade point average. This can come from friends and family. Students also feel high grades are necessary for getting a good job or getting into a college of their choice. Plagiarized papers are seen as a way of keeping the GPA high without all the work.</p></li><li><p>Self-defenseOther students in school are cheating. This may give them an unfair advantage over students who do not cheat. Plagiarism in response to the cheating of others is a way for some students to level the playing field.</p></li><li><p>I am too busy to write Some students plagiarize because they do not have a lot of free time. They may be busy with heavy class loads, jobs, family obligations, after school activities, etc..</p></li><li><p>IgnoranceSome students inadvertently plagiarize from online sources. They do not understand all the rules for properly using and citing sources. (I cited the web site didnt I?)</p></li><li><p>Sources of online plagiarism:Paper mills</p><p>Web sites</p><p>Electronic library resources</p></li><li><p>Paper MillsDownload Your work load!</p><p>Sites that allow you to take a finished paper and use</p></li><li><p>The price for paper mill papersFree- Download what you want for free. The site makes money by selling banner ads.Free but registration is required- The site makes money from banner ads and from selling membership lists.Give a paper, take a paper- Again, banner ads provide site with revenue.</p></li><li><p>More on cost...Membership Fee- Pay a fee for unlimited access to full database of papers.Charge by page- High cost sites charge by the page. If you dont find what you need, they will custom write your paper for a stiff fee.</p></li><li><p>What does the student get?Dated materialPoor writingBad or nonexistent research</p><p>BUT NOT ALWAYS</p></li><li><p>Good Plagiarized papers can come from a variety of sources.Old fraternity paper files that have been digitized.Students uploading their own papers.Students uploading the papers of others. This includes papers that faculty make available to students as examples of good papers as well as papers that students post on their own homepages.</p></li><li><p>Detecting plagiarized papersWriting style, language, vocabulary, tone, grammar, etc. is different than what you expect from the student.Different writing styles, tones, language, etc. in different parts of paper.</p></li><li><p>Web address on page?Check to see if there is a web address at the top or the bottom of a page. This probably means the paper was printed with a web browser directly from a web site.</p></li><li><p>Copyright notice?Check to see if any copyright notices are anywhere in the text of the paper. Also check to see if any notices similar to this free paper brought to you by appear anywhere in the paper. Some students do not read through all the text before turning it in as their own.</p></li><li><p>LayoutIs the page strangely or poorly laid out? This could mean that the text was imported into a word processor. The imported text was originally formatted differently and the conversion changed how the page looks. If a student does not take the time to fix it, the page will look odd when printed.</p></li><li><p>Graphs or charts?</p><p>Does the paper make reference to charts or graphs that can not be found? Maybe the originally paper had these items but subsequent recycling has resulted in the loss of these items.</p></li><li><p>Inactive web sitesThe bibliography of the paper lists web sites that are no longer active. In the months (or years) since the paper was originally written, the web site has died or has changed web addresses.</p></li><li><p>Dated materialAll of the citations in the bibliography are at least a few years old. Most databases list the newest citations first when doing a search. Students also prefer to use new material for citing in papers. Old citations may have been new when the paper was originally written.</p></li><li><p>The past is nowDoes the paper make reference to past events as if they where happening today? (I believe that the impeachment hearings on President Clinton are unfair and are politically biased. The whole impeachment process should be stopped now.)</p></li><li><p>How to Detect or Google to the RescueType in a key sentence from the paper as a phrase search. For example, type The students in my 2nd period class are good.Google indexes so many sites that even if the student didnt use Google, a phrase search may find the original source anyway.</p></li><li><p>More DetectionA good supplement to Google is All the Web at are commercial vendors as well. They scan papers against known cheat sites for a fee. This includes and</p></li><li><p>Plagiarism Can Kill Careers as well as result in failure!Jayson Blair plagiarized sources. He also fabricated stories. In his 20s, he was at the top of the journalism world. Now he is disgraced, unemployed, and not yet 30.</p></li><li><p>The New RepublicStephen Glass was a writer for the New Republic in the 1990s.He made up stories by inventing people, organizations, and events.He also plagiarized other writers.He was fired and had to go back to school to find another career. </p></li></ul>