Plagiarism - a cyber crime
It is extremely important for teachers and professors to be aware of plagiarism as nowadays it has become the habit of students to present essays, term papers, research papers, theses and dissertations that are copied from any of the various sources on the internet. The following measures must be taken to check plagiarism:
- Each of the essays or term papers that are received must have some specific characteristic and it should not have been copied blindly. Like there must be a discussion or an analysis presented at the end of the term paper so that it can be deciphered that the work is original and not copied from anywhere. Work that is not very common should be assigned to students.
- Each of the students must be assigned to give weekly or daily updates of their information so that they are not able just copy the work in the end and present it. Like they can be asked the reason for choosing their topic and the methodology they plan to adopt while gathering the information of their term paper and jotting it down in the form of a term paper or research paper. You can also ask for a rough draft initially and a bibliography along with the conclusion of the essay. Of course this should all be done in a spread and allotted time frame.
- Then you can also ask each and every student to list their sources of reference and you can compare the sources of various students so that there is no case of mass plagiarism. And also you will be able to compare their work with the source. This will lead to students making their own effort to write down the text rather than going for copying at the first instance.
Plagiarism has become very common because of the prevalence of search engines like Yahoo and Google. The first thing that anyone does when he/ she has to write a textual document is “Google It” as the new term has been coined. Cut, copy and paste has been the mechanism of work nowadays and the use of your own creativity and knowledge has been vanished, as if people do not want to work and just present copied work. They are unaware that once their plagiarized work is caught then they cannot imagine the enormous amount of trouble they are in.
Plagiarism can be detected in one second as there is availability of anti-plagiarism software at Theplagiarism.com and this helps in the most precise detection of plagiarized work form the source that has been incorporated. You ought to think twice before indulging in the act of copying any essay. Once your teacher catches your plagiarized essay then you are sure to either be suspended or expelled from your course. So use the internet technology to your advantage by removing plagiarism from your essays than copying essays from any website that offers ‘cheap and original term papers to buy’.
Develop your creativity so that you can enhance your essays and get credit for it rather than use someone else’s name for it. It would be wrong morally as well as be a cyber crime.