Plagiarism on the Internet Essay

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Plagiarism on the Internet

Plagiarism is known as a form of literary dishonesty, otherwise known to college students as cheating. It is looked down upon highly by academics and it carries with it many serious consequences. Over the past five years, the Internet has emerged as a cheater's dream and a professor's worst nightmare. It's because of a variety of web sites that give students access to entire papers for a nominal fee and sometimes even for free. As a result of the widening accessibility of the Internet, as well as the new medium's lack of regulation, a student can click a few computer buttons and in a matter of minutes, they can download a well-crafted term paper without having to pick up a single book. It seems as
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Now all the work of research and even Cliffs Notes has been replaced with simple online search engines and cut-and-paste word-processing tools. Previously, a large number of people were able to resist the temptation. Now the Internet is everywhere. Students can find themselves easily signing online at 2am to buy term papers. It's much harder to resist the temptation because it is far more convenient than going to the book store.

Ready-made term papers have become enticing to students seeking a lazy alternative to real school work. Sadly, many students do not feel the same sense of guilt when they obtain papers from the Internet (Cina). We are raising a generation of students who think that anything on the Internet is free and they should not give a thought to documenting them (Renard). It seems as though the "free stuff" attitude of Internet users has made students think that stealing research is more acceptable. Internet plagiarism has simply evolved into an institution, a pillar of education, a big study group and an endless archive of cut-and-paste essay components (Fritz).

We are now faced with three types of Internet cheaters. The first, the unintentional cheater never learned how to properly use and document resources. These cheaters will usually admit their wrongdoing because they don't understand the alternative. A second type of cheater is the sneaky cheater. These students know what plagiarism is

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