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Preventing Plagiarism from the Web
Presentation by Randy Rambo, Illinois Valley Community College
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"Plagiarism is theft and lying--using information that doesn't belong to you and passing it off as your own" (Brandt, 2002).
The Crime
In October, 2000, a Gallup poll identified education and a decline in ethics as the top two problems facing the country (Statistics, 2000).

By all accounts, cheating and plagiarism appear to be serious problems.
Surveys and studies indicate that
  • 70 percent of university students admit to cheating on exams and 84 percent admit to cheating on writing assignments (Gerdeman).
  • Over 50 percent of high school students admit to having plagiarized work from the Internet (Slobogin, 2002).
  • 12 percent of students in a study of 31 prestigious universities identified themselves as regular cheaters in 1991 (Carroll, 2002). 
  • "58.3 percent of high school students let someone else copy their work in 1969, and 97.5 percent did so in 1989" (Altschuler, 2000).
  • incidents of cheating by college students doubled from the 1960's to the earlier 1990's (Carroll, 2002).
  • between 1993 and 1997, cheating increased at the University of California at Berkley by an estimated 744% (Carroll, 2002).
  • 52 percent of college students in 1999-2000 "reported copying a few sentences from a Web site without citing a source" (Carroll, 2002).

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This page was last updated on 06 June 2013
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