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

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."