Monthly Archives: October 2012

Academic Plagiarism

This article just popped up on explorable.com: [Academic Plagiarism](http://explorable.com/academic-plagiarism.html)

Check out these stats (originally from www.plagiarism.org/plag_facts.html):

  • “A national survey published in Education Week found that 54% of students admitted to plagiarizing from the internet; 74% of students admitted that at least once during the past school year they had engaged in “serious” cheating; and 47% of students believe their teachers sometimes choose to ignore students who are cheating”
  • “The State of Americans: This Generation and the Next (Free Press, July 1996) states that 58.3% of high school students let someone else copy their work in 1969, and 97.5% did so in 1989.”
  • “A national survey published in Education Week found that 54% of students admitted to plagiarizing from the internet; 74% of students admitted that at least once during the past school year they had engaged in “serious” cheating; and 47% of students believe their teachers sometimes choose to ignore students who are cheating.”

Reference: www.plagiarism.org/plag_facts.html

From my own experience as a professor I think the problem with plagiarism stems from several sources. The first is the easy access to information on the internet. Second, changing school standards and curricula – Here in Spain I’ve noticed that many professors engage the students during class, asking students questions, having them solve problems on the chalk board, and so on. This is less common in the US. Third and perhaps most important, is proper education about what is and isn’t acceptable use of research materials when writing essays and term papers. I have had student who think its ok to copy and paste text into their own documents, as long as they cite the source.