Magazine article University Business

Plagiarism Still a Major Problem

Magazine article University Business

Plagiarism Still a Major Problem

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Plagiarism is a widespread problem, and with anytime, anywhere internet access, it only seems to get worse. As part of a study published last summer by The Pew Research Center and the Chronicle of Higher Education, more than half of 1,055 college presidents surveyed said they had seen a rise in plagiarism in the last 10 years. (Just 2 percent thought that it had decreased.)

Turnitin (www.turitin.com) has published a whitepaper defining the different kinds of plagiarism, "The Plagiarism Spectrum: Instructor Insights into the 10 Types of Plagiarism." Based on survey data from 879 high school and college instructors, it describes with digital terminology the types of plagiarism, and then assigns a severity level for each form based on the degree of student intent.

Most prevalent of the 10 is "Clone," in which students submit another's work, word-for-word, claiming it as their own. Close behind is "CTRL-C," which signifies large sections of text copied and pasted into a document. Less severe on the spectrum are "Mashup," which combines several sources without citation, and "Aggregator," which uses proper citation, but almost no original work. …

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