Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Academic Integrity, Misconduct, Plagiarism

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Academic Integrity, Misconduct, Plagiarism

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ABSTRACTS

Integrity, misconduct, plagiarism-three critical words to administration, faculty, and students. As the use of technology increases, plagiarism has become easier to do-intentionally or not.

Web sites, such as Cheater.com, provide access to papers on various subjects from current events to English to science. Users of the site can actually cut text from these papers and paste them into their document, calling it their own.

In an effort to curb the effects of these sites, various computer programs and Web sites have been created to detect when a student has used "services" such as Cheater.com. Plagiarism.org, allows a professor (at a cost) to upload a paper to the site. This service can identify whether the entire paper has been plagiarized, or just parts of it. Other Web sites offer services that can help professors and students detect and avoid plagiarism.1

Unfortunately, many students, and even faculty and administrators, are unaware of what plagiarism entails and unwittingly use another person's words and ideas without correctly citing him or her. As a result, faculty and administrators from around the country, recently accused of plagiarism and academic misconduct, have made headlines.2 It is an embarrassing reality when one's academic integrity is stripped away due to unintentional (or intentional) plagiarism.

In an effort to make people more aware of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, Sharon Williams (of the Writing Center at Hamilton College in New York) has created a Web site entitled "Avoiding Plagiarism. …

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