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.
When applying for admission to a college or university, whether for undergraduate or graduate studies, there are few things more important than the personal statement required by many institutions. You want to give this particular piece of writing your full attention because this is where you can tell much more about who you are as a person than can be conveyed by ticking various boxes and filling in the blanks of an application. It often becomes a deciding factor in whether or not you’ll get into the school of your choice. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing personal statements for university admission:
Academic honesty is a growing problem in America’s schools. Students are not doing their own work, and they are submitting assignments that are supposed to be their own original works but are not. Data shows that one in five students are suspected in plagiarism cases. This is a trend that can be seen all across America.
While I was working on my MFA, I taught English 101 and 102 to college students (plus a few upper-level creative writing courses and senior capstone projects). Though I decided to take a different path in my career once I earned my degree, I’ll always be grateful for the time I spent in those classrooms. I had only just graduated from college myself and was sometimes younger than some of my students, and it didn’t help that I wasn’t really “over” being an undergraduate student yet.
Currently it seems that “plagiarism” has become the new trend among many of the famous filmmakers, artists or writers. The moment their scenarios, films and books grow in popularity, the fans are confused by the fact that something they truly believed to have been created by their “favorite” was just another duplication. At the same time, there are many who would like to take advantage of someone else’s achievements.