Cheaters and plagiarists have always existed no matter where exactly they study. Universities usually conduct annual surveys aimed at discovering how many students plagiarized at least once, how often and in what manner they did it, what sources they used to take information from, and other details. These surveys help university administration understand how complex a plagiarism issue is and take appropriate measures. Unfortunately, not all universities care about this problem. Some of them still pay little attention to the problem and just neglect checking plagiarism online. As a result, education quality doesn’t get improved.
Nowadays, the problem of academic dishonesty has become a critical issue and receives more and more attention from teachers and professors. Cheating among students has risen dramatically, forcing experts in the academic environment to look at new ways to detect and fight fraud.
We are all human, and even though most of us assume that plagiarism is a fraud and no one should ever plagiarise, we will subconsciously keep on doing it over and over again. True plagiarism occurs when one person deliberately takes the work of another person and declares to be the true creator of it.
Julie’s idea was to explore the novel The Scarlet Letter with the assumption that Hester’s daughter, Pearl, knew exactly why her mother had to wear the scarlet letter. As Julie wrote her paper, she stumbled upon the same core idea in an authoritative source, used it for her paper but has not mentioned it in the references. Is it plagiarism or not?
On Saturday, September 26, 2015 German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen was accused by the VroniPlag Wiki website of plagiarizing over 75% of her 1990 dissertation on “the diagnosis of infections in pregnant women,” shocking many in the scientific community. However, delving deeper into the incidents of plagiarism on a global scale reveals that similar acts of fraud aren’t uncommon. In fact, with the rise in popularity of more sophisticated anti plagiarism software, the incidents of retractions due to scientific plagiarism have increased significantly since 2009 in publications like BioMed Central journals (Grens).
Plagiarism is a negative phenomenon, however, it is a widespread problem. In the arts, plagiarism often shows up under different names and terms, such as intermediality, synthesis of arts, fusion of arts, copying, and adaptation.
The Internet is commonly blamed for encouraging cheating among students. They say the Internet suggests a number of opportunities to cheat, making it much simpler. If you sincerely believe that cheating is the 21st century disease, you will change your tune after reading the last sentence of the article. But before, let’s have a closer look at the most widespread online cheating methods:
Plagiarism has not reached “water cooler hot topic” status, but it is a subject that is not going away in 2015. In fact it has been linked to a U.S. presidential candidate, an award winning South Korean author, a news director, and even a TV show contestant.