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

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."