Plagiarism, Cheating and the Internet Essay

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Plagiarism, Cheating and the Internet

Cyber cheating is defined as “the use of technology tools in inappropriate ways for academic work.”(Conradson & Hernandez- Ramos, 2004, p1) Although technology has dramatically advanced our society in many positive ways, one negative aspect of technology is its effects on student cheating. Many believe that the internet is the “number one sociable force which leads students to plagiarize.” (Mayfield, 2001, p1) There is an increasing number of online cheating websites which students use. Along with these sites come programs which help teachers and professors detect student plagiarism. Besides the internet students have found ways to use watches, cell phones, calculators, and PDA’s
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Editorial websites are becoming increasingly popular because they reduce the students’ likelihood of getting caught cheating. A student can send in their own paper to have it revised and edited by other members of the site. These sites also offer guides on how to make a copied paper or one they might have purchased appear more authentic and original by inserting spelling and grammatical mistakes. Detailed notes on paraphrasing and the steps of paraphrasing are also provided for students. Students will buy a paper off of a site and then paraphrase the entire thing so there is less of a chance for search engines to detect their plagiarized work. Websites, such as TheEvilHouseofCheat.com, offers papers with teacher comments and grades. A variety of classroom tested cheating tricks, for example the best ways to copy from your neighbor and using cheat sheets, is another service students can access on these sites. The number of sites which sell papers to students, known as paper mills, has drastically increased over the past few years. “In March of 1999, there were thirty five paper mills, and by the end of 2003 there were more than two hundred and fifty.” (Newman, n. d., p2) Cheater.com claims that “in the late 1990’s they signed up to eighty to one hundred members everyday and received roughly

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