Plagiarism Research Paper
“A Campus Fad That’s Being Copied” by Sara Rimer discusses the issue on plagiarism and how students deal with it in their academic life. In it, it explains how plagiarism is an easy act of dishonesty, but is also one of the hardest acts to avoid. Simply put, if something isn’t put in one’s own words, then that is considered plagiarism, as the action is theft. Whether an excerpt was from a book or a source off the internet, plagiarism can be very destructive to academic works. With an increase in homework and less time to do work, many students decide to be dishonest and plagiarize as it is very easy to do and means less work for the student. However, instead of pointing fingers at the students, the real issue comes from the lack of knowledge that the students have on plagiarism. Educating the students on plagiarism will help stop students from blindly plagiarizing information for their own personal gain.
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Some reasons why students tend to cheat and plagiarize include: 1) Students having a mindset that makes plagiarism seem trivial. Since plagiarizing can be seen as a small little tool that can be used to aid students in their work, many think that this type of theft is of little importance. 2) Students blindly plagiarizing in order to reach other goals. A real problem is that students seem to be oblivious to the fact that plagiarism is wrong, since their priorities are to finish their goals first. These goals could be that students want to succeed in their classes or activities. Rimer’s survey also found a general idea of how students feel. It describes the mentality of students, as they think that professors aren’t smart if they can’t detect the theft that is going on behind the scenes. “If professors cannot detect a paper from an Internet source that is a flaw in the grader or the professor” (Rimer