(US News and World Report poll.) Almost 80% ... ... middle of paper ... ...n, stated, ”There are times that you cheat because there aren’t enough hours in a day. I understand how to do it, I just don’t have the time.” Plagiarism is a major problem in academics and is hard to detect now that so much information is available on the internet. With all of the software and search engines there still is a large amount of copying. Depending on students to be honest and professors and teachers to be watchful for plagiarism is about all that can be done to stop it.
When people choose to plagiarize, they are restricting their level of academic learning. The people who have done the research and posted it on the web will not receive the credit that they deserve. To plagiarize is “to take ideas or writings from another and pass them off as one’s own” (Webster’s New World Dictionary). It is extremely easy to access information on the World Wide Web. The proliferation of computers and printers in libraries, schools, and homes has enabled voluminous information to be accessible to all.
II. Definition of Internet Plagiarism What Internet Plagiarism is Internet Plagiarism hasn¡¦t been easy as it is today . Before the Internet age , resources were limited so when students used to plagiarize the risk of detection was very high and they used to be caught easily and either asked to rewrite the research paper or they get no mark for it. Internet Plagiarism is defined as copying articles and reports of other people¡¦s work and handing it out in another person¡¦s name. If someone is caught of plagiarism , this will cause him to be haunted with shame for the rest of his life.
The Use of Online Plagiarism in School Papers in John Hickman's Article Cybercheats It seems like everyone is always looking for an easy way out of everything. Its hard to handle school when you have other difficulties in your life. With work, family, and friends it seems like nothing can ever be completed on time. It's no wonder that in a recent reading from John Hickman in Cybercheats students are turning more and more to online plagiarism then they were years ago. When times get rough and tough it seems like most students do turn to the internet for a little extra "help".
As a result of the widening accessibility of the Internet, as well as the new medium's lack of regulation, a student can click a few computer buttons and in a matter of minutes, they can download a well-crafted term paper without having to pick up a single book. It seems as though the Internet has totally changed the meaning of the word 'research.' Plagiarism can formally be defined as: repeating the author's sentences as your own; adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own; paraphrasing someone else's argument as your own; presenting someone else's link of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own (Modern Language Association). Although a writer may use another's words and thoughts, they must be acknowledged as such. The act of plagiarism in school is nothing new.
They just know that they have to do it for a grade, but a grade does not mean anything if it wasn’t done by the student. For example, in my middle school, where many students are concerned about just passing rather than actually doing the work to get there, they would plagiarize. These are the same students “unwilling to engage in the writing process.” Students would share their work through google docs to other students in the hope that they can get ideas. But rather than using one student’s work for ideas, the other student would copy and paste it to their own until the teacher catches them. However, this defeats the whole purpose of school.
Plagiarism For many, many years schools have been trying to stop students from plagiarizing materials. Detecting this plagiarism used to be easy because students only had access to books in the library, magazines, and encyclopedias. However, as the popularity of the Internet increased, so did the number of essays and papers being plagiarized. Students can easily go onto the internet and in no time at all find and essay on their topic of choice. For a certain fee they can buy the essay and have it delivered right to their doorstep, just in time to hand it into their teacher.
While students are in collage, they do many research papers on certain topics. Most of them dread doing these kinds of papers because the numbers of pages are high. They are also time consuming and that is a big issue to a student because we all have our own lives, most of us, as we know, never have much time to spend on just a paper. So, most of the students in college try to do the easiest thing, like resort to just the internet. There is a very important term that is used in college a lot, that term is called Plagiarism.
Plagiarism and the Internet The Internet has made plagiarism, taking someone else's ideas or words and using them as one's own without citing the original source, a very common offense. There is so much information on the Internet, available from so many sources, that it is difficult to determine where the information originally came from. The indifference of educators has not helped the problem; many educators feel the problem is too great for them to do anything about, so they choose to do nothing. This leads students to assume that their teachers are either unaware of or condone plagiarism, continuing the cycle. In a survey by the Psychological Record, 36% of undergraduates confessed that they had plagiarized written material.
 Until the Internet came along, plagiarism was difficult. There were not enough sources on a specific topic at a student’s fingertips to effectively pull it off. Plagiarism is a major offense and needs to be taken seriously. Students just cannot seem to resist cheating and trying to make their life a little easier by letting someone else do the work that they are getting credit for. Now that there is the Internet, new doors have opened for plagiarists and it is keeping educators on their toes.