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The Plagiarism Blog

Keeping Current on Plagiarism, Cheating & Academic Integrity by Susan Herzog, Information Literacy Librarian, Eastern Connecticut State University

Top USA Today Editor Resigns By Jacques Steinberg, The New York Times April 21, 2004

"Karen Jurgensen, the top editor of USA Today since 1999, resigned abruptly Tuesday evening, citing her failure to intercept what were apparently fabrications in articles by Jack Kelley, who was the newspaper's star foreign correspondent."

Plagiarism on campus by Shara Tibken, The Simpsonian Online April 14, 2004

"Panic. Desperation. Availability. Ease. Insecurity. Time. These are all reasons why professors believe students cheat."

MSUM fights plagiarism By Mike Nowatzki, The Forum
Friday, April 16, 2004

"As the instructor of 100 students in two art courses at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Donna Carlson knows how easy it is for them to cut and paste material from the Internet."

PSU math professor fired for plagiarism By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Friday, April 16, 2004

"A math professor at Penn State's Wilkes-Barre campus received official notice yesterday that he has been fired."

Penn State Wilkes-Barre math professor focus of plagiarism probe By Kalen Churcher, TimesLeader.com April 14, 2004

"The fate of a Penn State Wilkes-Barre math professor lies in the hands of university President Graham Spanier."

Who can repair journalism's image? | csmonitor.com By Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor April 14, 2004

"The past year has been the most miserable in the history of modern American journalism. First came Jayson Blair, the brash young New York Times reporter who made up details, pilfered prose and repeatedly snookered his bosses. Then, like a long row of click-clacking dominoes, a rogue's gallery of other journalists fell to accusations of plagiarism and fakery."

Software makes it hard to cheat in classrooms By Ashley Fantz, The Miami Herald, April 11, 2004

"''I don't look at it as a game of gotcha,'' said Carolyn Barr, an assistant professor of English at BCC. 'I have freshmen who don't understand, `If it's an idea, how can I steal it?' Turnitin starts a conversation about what is plagiarism.''

AP Wire | 04/05/2004 | New Software Detects Plagiarized Passages: By May Wong, Associated Press

"White-collar copycats may be less inclined to pilfer the well-chosen words of others now that software designed to ferret out plagiarism is moving out of academia and into the business world."

Plagiarism still plagiarism - The Daily Orange - Opinion April 5, 2004

"The British Broadcasting Corporation reported Sunday on the issue of student plagiarism, stating that many students use Internet sources without citation. Furthermore, the argument that citation of these sources is not necessary has permeated popular conception of what plagiarism is."

BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Essay copying is 'self-teaching' April 4, 2004

"Some do not understand that plagiarism is wrong - others do
Students plagiarising internet essay material in their coursework are using a form of 'self-teaching', says the director of the qualifications body."

What is Plagiarism? from Georgetown University

I highly recommend this guide, written in language our students can relate to.

Term papers axed to obliterate plagiarism by Sarah Schmidt, Calgary Herald - canada.com network March 31, 2004

"In-class exams and essays on the rise
The dreaded end-of-term research paper is becoming the latest victim of plagiarism on university campuses -- just as administrators are bemoaning the writing skills of students."

Judge denies appeal in Morris v. Brandeis By Jacob Olidort, The Justice
March 23, 2004

"After seven years of legal processes, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts dismissed a lawsuit against Brandeis on Feb. 27. The suit rose from a plagiarism incident in 1997, according to General Counsel Judith Sizer. In May 1997, Drew Morris '97 was in the second semester of his senior year at Brandeis. Having completed all of the requirements he needed to graduate, Morris submitted a term paper to Prof. Alice Kelikian (HIST) that she found suspicious."