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Re: Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0785  Tuesday, 1 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Sunday, 30 Aug 1998 09:55:43 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0778  Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges

[2]     From:   Ed Peschko <epeschko@den-mdev1>
        Date:   Sunday, 30 Aug 1998 17:01:21 -0600 (MDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0784  Re: Plagiarism in Schools


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From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Sunday, 30 Aug 1998 09:55:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0778  Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0778  Plagiarism in Schools / Colleges

Dear Stuart Manger,

I don't think there are more or fewer opportunities to plagiarize via
the internet than with other research sources. The real problem (also an
opportunity, of course) is that there is no editor or publisher
screening material, so that misinformation abounds. My line to students
is, Remember any fool can set up a web-page, and many of them have!

--Hugh Grady

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From:           Ed Peschko <epeschko@den-mdev1>
Date:           Sunday, 30 Aug 1998 17:01:21 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: 9.0784  Re: Plagiarism in Schools
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0784  Re: Plagiarism in Schools

> We are about to offer the same access to our students.. all girls day
> private school in Massachusetts....at the present moment we have some
> guidelines that applied to the bank of accessible computers in our
> library..parents sign a guidelines form and also students must sign in
> whenever they use a computer..the 'history' of use can then be
> checked.....We will no doubt have a new set of guides when we commence
> next week.. would be glad to share them.....

I think that you will find that:

    1) this is impossible to enforce
    2) this is easy to get around.
    3) that this will be extremely counter productive - i.e., if
anything, it will limit the horizons of the people who should be
exploring the most; the students.

We have trace logs at our work, and the volume is so large that they are
truncated/backed up to tape after a week's time. To trace someone's
activities takes a good week of dedicated effort, and after that it is
often not clear if someone has transgressed in any way.

Also, note that your plan is easy to get around via:

    1) email
    2) irc chat
    3) telnet to another host  (i.e., using a remote computer to run
commands)
    4) using home computers/AOL.

In short, often the best way of catching transgressors for plagiarism is
to use a site like lycos or yahoo, and then doing keyword searches on
those sites for phrases that look unusual/out of the ordinary. That, and
getting a list of sites which offer papers for sale. Much less time
consuming than your proposal.  (it still does not address #1 or #2 above
though, and is by no means foolproof)

Ed
 

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