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The Plagiarism Blog

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

Check for Plagiarism
Poynter Online, Dec. 20, 2004
By Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Professor & Poynter Visiting Professor

"Since the dot-com-bust death of FindSame.com a few years ago, I have been looking for a free tool that can help find examples of plagiarism. I recently came across one such tool. It's called Copyscape and works pretty well. Enter the URL of a page of content you wish to track and it will send you a list of webpages that contain most of the content on your page. It uses Google (what else!) to scour the web, but isn't affiliated with Google (it's run by the same folks that created GoogleAlert.com)."

ASU student says professor plagiarized:
By William Hermann
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 15, 2004

"An Arizona State University graduate student has accused a prominent professor of using his work without giving him credit. Dwayne Kirk, 33, says that plant biology Professor Charles J. Arntzen, 63, 'lifted whole paragraphs of my work and represented it as his own.' Arntzen says that while he values Kirk's scholarship and service on his laboratory team, what he used from the graduate assistant 'was a summary of data, a summary of a decade of research done by our team.' advertisement."

OSU Investigating Plagiarism Allegations Against Professor
KOTV - The News on 6

"STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma State University officials have launched an investigation into whether an award-winning geography professor plagiarized several publications. An article released Monday in The Chronicle of Higher Education, cites seven instances when George Carney allegedly lifted material without crediting the authors."

Edward Waters loses accreditation after plagiarism scandal
Tallahassee Democrat

"JACKSONVILLE - Edward Waters College has lost its accreditation two months after a plagiarism scandal at the historically black college, school officials said Tuesday. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted to drop Edward Waters from membership."

Four Academic Plagiarists You've Never Heard Of:
How Many More Are Out There?

The Chronicle of Higher Education


"Famous scholars get the ink in good times and bad. Stephen E. Ambrose's plagiarism would not have made the news were it not for the millions of books he sold. Few people would have cared about Doris Kearns Goodwin's borrowings had they not seen her on television."

Article: Professor Copycat

Article: What Is Plagiarism?

Article: The Fallout

Article: Mentor vs. Protégé

Article: Judge or Judge Not?

Article: The Price of Plagiarism

Article: How Long a Shadow Should Plagiarism Cast?

Article: University Presses Choose Caution in Responding to Accusations of Plagiarism

Harvard Law Professor Caught Plagiarizing from Fellow Professor
Library Journal

"Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree is taking responsibility for lifting almost verbatim six paragraphs from the work of another author, which he used in his recent volume All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (Norton). The Boston Globe reported that Ogletree is facing unspecified disciplinary charges from the university for including uncredited material from Yale Law School Professor Jack M. Balkin's 2001 volume What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said (NYU Press)."

Harvard law prof admits swiping phrase from book
By Kevin Rothstein
Tuesday, September 28, 2004

"Harvard's renowned constitutional law scholar Laurence H. Tribe has acknowledged cribbing a phrase from another book, becoming the third Harvard law professor in a year to stand accused of the academic crime."

Pressured to pass
Cheating and plagiarism are serious concerns for university students, faculty and administrators
By Kelly Parker
The Orion Online
September 29, 2004

"When Brandon Gilligan was a first-year student, he missed a day of speech class and a quiz. A friend offered to fill out the quiz for him, and when she turned it in, the teacher noticed her turning in two copies. Both students were taken to Student Judicial Affairs and put on academic probation. Gilligan failed the quiz and had to write a seven-page paper about cheating, but he did not fail the class. He said he was surprised nothing more."

At Harvard, lapses by scholars put focus on plagiarism policy
New York Times
By Sara Rimer
November 25, 2004

"CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- When it comes to its students, Harvard University policy shows little tolerance for plagiarism. Undergraduates found guilty of 'misusing sources' will 'likely' be required to withdraw from the college for at least two semesters. They will lose all coursework they have done that semester (unless it is virtually over), along with the money they have paid for it.

With such a policy for students, what is Harvard to do when two of its most prominent law professors, Charles Ogletree Jr. and Laurence Tribe, publicly acknowledge that they have unintentionally misused sources, as happened this fall? Weighing in on the matter, Harvard's student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, said the university appeared to have one set of rules for its famous professors and another for its students."

Hey, kids! Somebody always notices
Oct. 16, 2004

"The teacher did the right thing. She reported the plagiarism incident to the ombud's office. Then, two things happened."

How to cheat and get away with it
By Peter Martell
October 17, 2004

"Research released earlier this year by consultancy firm FreshMinds, for the national Plagiarism Advisory Service, found that 25% of recent graduates admitted they had plagiarised work at least once while at university. Of those, 16% said they had plagiarised more than once."

Telling the Truth
Students debate on academic integrity issues
By Princess McDowell
The Shorthorn

"Cheaters prosper, Engineering Senator, Nicolas Cornor said. 'Martha Stewart, Haliburton, Enron and Microsoft are accurate representations that honesty in the public doesn't get you anywhere,' the aerospace engineering sophomore said.

Patricia Nickel, testing assessment services coordinator, rebutted by saying students have a responsibility to hold up the university's reputation even after they leave. 'If you cheated your way through school and you don't really know the material, you are hurting the university,' Nickel said. 'These people go out into the work force and represent UTA. If they look bad, we look bad.'

Cornor and Nickel were panelists at the Academic Integrity Debate on Tuesday. The debate was the second event of Academic Integrity Week, sponsored by Student Judicial Affairs."

Plagiarism report labelled a whitewash
The Sydney Morning Herald
By Matthew Thompson, Higher Education Reporter
October 29, 2004

"An independent expert who was paid $2000 a day to look into allegations of academic misbehaviour produced a report that was a 'whitewash' and a 'cover-up', the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard yesterday. The director of the Sydney Graduate School of Management, David Lamond, was hired by the University of Newcastle to investigate allegations that senior academics had covered up mass plagiarism by foreign students who paid full fees."

Plagiarism forum centers on stealing from the Internet
October 29, 2004
Pipe Dream on the Web
By Rachel Jacobs

"While grading a paper, a teaching assistant noticed that the majority of the essay was in Times New Roman, but other parts were in a completely different font. So, he went to his professor and told him he thought it was plagiarized. If this sounds familiar, Binghamton University students have either been in this situation before or were a part of a Student-Faculty Connect Month event hosted by the Institute for Student Centered Learning and faculty masters on Tuesday. The event was organized in hopes of opening lines of communication between students and faculty members in relation to the 'P' word."

Program to nail copycats

By Andre Gouws

"Stellenbosch - The days are numbered for students who copy each other's assignments. A computer studies student at the University of Stellenbosch has designed a plagiarism detection program. McElroy Hoffmann, 21, of Springbok in the Northern Cape, who is studying BEng(computer systems), wrote the program that checks assignments for similarities."

Punishment for Plagiarizing Reports Varies
November 21, 2004
By Gary White
The Ledger

"Colleges and universities discourage students from committing plagiarism but allow leeway in punishing those who do. Florida Southern College's course catalog warns students that plagiarism is grounds for suspension, and college Dean Susan Conner urges professors to state the plagiarism policy in each course syllabus.

A professor has the option of issuing an F or zero on the assignment or failing the student in the class. The college requires documentation from a professor who accuses a student of plagiarism, and a student has the right to appeal."

Web cheats get online for Google Scholar
Freelance UK
December 13, 2004

"Google has unveiled its latest beta search facility for academics, students and freelancers to allow them an instant find through millions of pages of hefty information. The online service means any internet user can gain keyword access to research papers, university websites, academic books or even finished theses. It has been tested by the California-based company and aims to provide a one-stop search through abstracts, pre-prints, published papers and technical reports in all major fields. Results have already been commended for being more relevant by showing how often research has been cited by other academics rather than its overall hit popularity.

While this aspect of the service has been embraced by users, academics in particular have expressed concern about a 'copy and paste' culture, emerging in the wake of Google Scholar. They say the accuracy and speed of the search engine could lead to a rise in how much information in essays is simply lifted from online sources."

Dumbing Down Process
Student Direct Online
Nov 29, 2004
By Tamanna Rahman

"A SURVEY commissioned by the Times Higher Education Supplement has found that almost half of academics felt pressured to pass students who they felt should have failed, and about a fifth admitted to turning a blind eye to plagiarism....Professor Fouracre, confirmed that plagiarism is still taken very seriously, but the problem is proving it. 'As the anti-plagiarism software improves though, the situation will get better'. Concerns over plagiarism come alongside news that the search engine Google have recently launched ‘Google scholar’ – a new service which searches through academic material such as journals, papers and libraries. Whilst some have applauded the move as making access easier to important academic documents, some have said it will add to the current 'cut and paste' culture amongst students."

Is plagiarism extinct?
Tallahassee Democrat

"At lunch the other day a university professor told me that when he grades student papers, he almost always feels obliged to 'google' them before giving them a grade. That's one of the great new verbs that comes to us courtesy of the Internet and its powerful search engines, one of which is Google....The professor googles his students' papers to see if they're trying to appear smarter than they are. That is, if they're outrightly borrowing large portions of other people's ideas or language and claiming it for their own. A phrase that seems too grand for Joey to have come up with on his own, for example, shows up as belonging word for word to - why, look here! - Alexis de Tocqueville (always a favorite of the young intellectual)."

Plagarism on the rise, study finds
The UW Daily
By Mina Barahimi
December 06, 2004

"Professors beware, 38 percent of undergraduates in a study have admitted to internet plagarism. And with papers due and finals week approaching, many students at the UW may turn to plagarism and cheating to mitigate pressure.

During a conference at the UW in November, a national expert presented a series of findings, which indicate that Internet plagiarism, and exam cheating in particular are on the rise."

Schools fight against copying

December 6, 2004

"Zahrah Abdur-Raheem said it's easy for her to plagiarize when she has a heavy workload at school. The third-year student at Montclair State University said she has taken ideas from the Internet and used them as her own just to get a final paper done on time. 'I like the thought and reword it from the Internet,' she said. 'Just change a few words here and there.' A biology major who also holds a part-time job, Abdur-Raheem said she does her own work most of the time, but she finds it difficult when 'there's so much expected of students.' Faculty and administrators say plagiarism is a growing problem at North Jersey colleges and universities. They're developing new methods to prevent students from succumbing to the temptation of plagiarism, including reminding students of the consequences and providing a comfortable learning atmosphere where students would not be afraid to ask for help."

Barnard Addresses Plagiarism With Web Site Subscription
Columbia Spectator Online
By Nick Klagge
December 07, 2004

"In a world where both collaborative research and the use of electronic resources have become widespread, even currently scandal-free universities like Columbia have been forced to re-evaluate their procedures for handling issues of academic honesty. Barnard College is currently undertaking steps to ease the policing of academic dishonesty. According to Barnard Dean of Studies Karen Blank, the college will soon undertake a one-year trial subscription to the website Turnitin.com."

Taking Plagiarism Seriously
Arbiter Online
By Dr. Michael Mattison and Blaine Eckles
December 09, 2004

"In a recent Arbiter article ("Visiting professor accused of plagiarism," 11/29/04), a University faculty member defended plagiarizing another individual’s editorial piece by stating, 'If you take information off the Internet, it’s free and clear.' Though we do not wish to criticize the individual personally, we do want to stress that we find his statement utterly ridiculous. Worse, we find it dangerous. Following such advice could lead to severe consequences for a writer.