|PLAGIARISM is the one act that can get a student expelled from college -- no questions asked. What exactly constitutes plagiarism? If a student is unaware of committing the "crime" of plagiarism, is it still plagiarism? How does a student know if he or she is committing this act of academic dishonesty? Find out the definition of plagiarism and what acts constitute plagiarism. Also discover ways to keep from committing this academic "crime."
1) Students will learn what plagiarism is and the consequences they may suffer if they choose to plagiarize.
2) The reasons someone may choose to plagiarize will be examined.
3) Students will find out about the different types of plagiarism, including omitting documentation and using pre-written work.
4) Students will learn strategies to avoid plagiarism such as practicing better time management and implementing proper research and documentation strategies.
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"The video looks at the growing problem of plagiarism, defined as the 'wrongful act of presenting another's work as your own.' The narrator underscores the seriousness of the problem by citing the consequences, from failing an assignment to expulsion from school or notation on transcripts. Despite conceding that some students may not even know that plagiarism is wrong, the speaker maintains that ignorance is not an excuse. She outlines several reasons why students plagiarize, and gives examples including copying without documentation, purchasing papers, paying someone else to write a paper for you, or submitting unpublished work as your own. She then provides strategies to avoid plagiarizing, including limiting assistance to proofreading and help with word/phrase choices, improved time management, and techniques for proper documentation. Students are encouraged to use style manuals such as the MLA Handbook. Finally, the program closes with warnings that purchased papers may not have pertinent or accurate facts, and that teachers have access to the same Web sites that offer papers as well as databases that aid in tracking down plagiarism. Students are reminded there are no varying degrees of plagiarism nor plagiarizing "just a little." This program will be valuable for all secondary students to view, perhaps as part of high school orientation. The information is well presented and emphasizes the seriousness of the problem. The use of specific examples is helpful."
Kathy Akey, Clintonville Senior High School, WI
Reviewed in School Library Journal
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