Archive for the ‘plagiarism’ Category

Just In Time For Midterm Papers…An Alternative View of Citation

January 27, 2012

Late last fall, Kurt Schick, a writing instructor at James Madison University, posted an interesting column about citation over at the Chronicle of Higher Education.  I think it’s quite timely as students start to finish up their first papers of the second semester.

Schick argues that a strong focus on the mechanics of citation early on in a student’s career puts the focus too much on the mechanical aspects of writing, rather than the content and creative aspects.  In his words, “students expend a disproportionate amount of precious time and attention trying to avoid making mistakes. Soon, they also begin to associate ‘good’ writing with mechanically following rules rather than developing good ideas.”

He doesn’t believe that we should not ask students to cite their sources; he simply believes that we need to emphasize strict following of style rules less and careful and thoughtful evaluation and integration of secondary sources more.

As you can imagine, his column sparked a healthy debate, including this Letter to the Editor, this blog post, and 175 comments on the column (and counting).

Take a look at what Schick has to say, and then tell us – what do you think?

Plagiarism Prevention?

March 28, 2010

The following excerpt has been taken from Inside Higher Ed, an online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education. The full article can be found here.

Plagiarism Prevention Without Fear, by Scott Jaschik
January 26, 2010

Could student plagiarism actually be reduced? And could it be reduced not through fear of being caught, but through … education?

The evidence in a study released Monday suggests that the answer to both questions is Yes — which could be welcome news to faculty members who constantly complain about students who either don’t know what plagiarism is or don’t bother to follow the rules about the integrity of assignments they prepare.

While many instructors have reported anecdotal evidence of the success of various techniques they have used in a few courses, this study is based on a much larger cohort, including a control group. The study found that a relatively short Web tutorial about academic integrity and plagiarism can have a significant impact on whether students plagiarize, with the greatest gains (for integrity) coming among student groups that are statistically more likely to plagiarize — which are those with lesser academic credentials.

Further, surveys of the participants suggest that it was the education involved — not fear of detection — that led to the differences.

The study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, is by Thomas S. Dee, associate professor of economics at Swarthmore College, and Brian A. Jacob, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy at the University of Michigan.

The two scholars used 1,200 papers written by undergraduates in 28 humanities and social science courses at an unnamed, competitive institution of higher education. Students in some of the courses received no special instruction on plagiarism. Students in other randomly selected courses, however, were required to take a short online tutorial on plagiarism and were required to complete the exercise before they could hand in any papers. Demographic and other data were collected so that students could be analyzed by a variety of factors. The tutorial was based on the Plagiarism Resource Site jointly developed by Bates, Bowdoin and Colby Colleges.

That’s One Way To Get Into Med School…

March 11, 2007

It turns out that it is not just papers that are being plagiarised from the web.

Follow this link to read about how hundreds of Medical School applicants in the UK were caught “cheating” on their applications.

Student Research Help is Here!

October 17, 2006

Disappointed with the quality of research you receive in assignments? The library can help you increase the information literacy skills of your students, showing them that there’s more to doing research than typing their topic into a Google search box. (more…)