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Plagarism in the tech age: A concern among teachers

Plagarism in the tech age: A concern among teachers

POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 4:55pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 5:10pm

This digital age has plenty of its advantages, including getting information on any topic at your fingertips.

But new research shows many teachers believe it has a downside, too.

Apparently, when it come to plagiarism and other rules in writing, those rules aren't quite sinking in with students.

Plagiarism isn't anything new; it's probably been around as long as education itself.

But as the Internet has taken over our world, it's made it a lot easier and enticing for students to cheat.

"Digital resources available today make it easier and perhaps more tempting because you can easily copy and paste an entire paragraph from Wikipedia or some other source," said Dr. Srini Kambhampati, Biology Chair at UT Tyler.

A new survey shows a majority of teachers believe students are now having trouble understanding fair use and copyright laws.

Dr. Bill Martin with Sylvan Learning Center in Tyler says not only is plagiarism a bigger issue these days, but so is formal writing.

"Social networking has led to even more informal writing and more improper grammar and spelling," Dr. Martin said. "We get kids in here all the time that have no clue how to write an academic paper."

A plus in the matter: Dr. Kambhampati believes though plagiarizing may be easier to do, it's also easier to get caught.

"There are a number of software programs out there," Dr. Kambhampati said. "It automatically scans the papers, and flags papers that seem to have been plagiarized. Then, professors will look at papers more closely."

Dr. Kambhampati says UT Tyler uses that kind of software, as do many universities.

For more on the study, click here.

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