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How to Beat Online Plagiarism

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How to Beat Online Plagiarism

Plagiarism is best described as copying someone else's work and putting your name on it without giving the original author any credit for his or her work. It is a problem that has existed in academia for centuries, since the creation of text documents. Original methods of plagiarism were limited, however, to copying by hand the work of another person from sources found in libraries and other books and magazines. This form of plagiarism, while it still existed was not simple to perform in that the student would continue to be forced to find and read text that was relevant to his or her project. This process has changed within the 1990's as a result of the Internet. Students may now find countless articles on any desired topic available at their fingertips. Julie J.C.H. Ryan, an information security consultant, wrote "before the world was linked to the Internet, hard-to-detect plagiarism required ingenuity and skill. But today, with the click of a mouse, even technologically inept students have access to vast information resources in cyberspace without having to leave the comforts of their dorm rooms" . Essays may be found online concerning almost any topic imagined, making it very simple to plagiarize. Some of these essays are found in full text study-guide sites, where students are paid to write critiques on different works of literature. To a student who finds pleasure in stealing another students work, these sites are a great haven, especially if the topics written about and topics needed are similar. Fortunately, technology has been able to keep up with this problem and available now are a few simple ways for teachers to "check up" on their students, and help fight the problem of online plagia...

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...s existed for centuries and most likely will continue to exist in some form or another, as long as teachers require students to write papers and other works of literature. As stated earlier, this problem has been made drastically easier with the creation of the Internet and online "cheat" sites designed for the sharing of documents. The availability of translations into multiple languages will make the problem of plagiarism more widespread and useful all over the world. Hopefully, society through the use of technology will fight to stay one-up on these sites at all times with the creation of search sites to be utilized by educators to detect any form of plagiarism. Perhaps someday, the problem of plagiarism will be minimized due to the fear of "getting caught" that it will almost seem not to exist. Until that time, sources like will always be available.

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