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Re: Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2746  Wednesday, 5 December 2001

[1]     From:   Joseph Sullivan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 04 Dec 2001 15:07:16 -0500
        Subj:   Re: Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism

[2]     From:   Ruth Ross <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Dec 2001 16:05:23 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.2716 Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism

[3]     From:   Ed Kranz <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 05 Dec 2001 08:19:15 -0500
        Subj:   Re: Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism


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From:           Joseph Sullivan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 04 Dec 2001 15:07:16 -0500
Subject: 12.2736 Re: Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2736 Re: Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism

One site I have noticed, though have not personally used, is
www.plagiarism.org.  It is one of a number of counter-intelligence sites
up and running for faculty who wish to check out possible cases of . . .
well .  . . plagiarism.  From what I gather they do charge fees.  My
current approach is to develop very specific assignment prompts that
make it hard for students to find papers that fit.  I arbitrarily
disallow footnotes and endnotes and only allow parenthetical citations
(I have no grad students and the undergrad digressions are usually just
that) in order to trip them up finding a paper formatted the way they
need.  I conference with them and spend time in class early in the
process discussing what their plans are.  Finally, I collect all their
rough drafts.  I know these steps aren't earth shattering and they
probably don't eliminate cheating, but I like to think they avert it a
tad.  It was heartening to hear that you are looking to teach the
student a lesson rather than nail him/her.  Whether it's our fault  or
our students fault--there doesn't seem to be a sense of moral
indignation about cheating in our students.  Maybe it has never exists.

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From:           Ruth Ross <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Dec 2001 16:05:23 -0500
Subject: 12.2716 Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.2716 Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism

Jameela,

Try www.plagiarism.org for a free trial. You can submit the passage and
they will search millions of websites and will return the passage to you
with plagiarized passages highlighted. It's a good program produced by
turnitin.com and should be purchased by every college in the US.
Remember what happened at UVa with their honor code!

Ruth Ross

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From:           Ed Kranz <
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Date:           Wednesday, 05 Dec 2001 08:19:15 -0500
Subject: 12.2736 Re: Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2736 Re: Forwarded Query on Possible Plagiarism

There was a very interesting article regarding student plagiarism in a
recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education :
http://chronicle.com/search97cgi/s97_cgi?action=View&VdkVgwKey=%2Fprivate%2Fusers%2Fche%2Fhtdocs%2Fweekly%2Fv48%2Fi12%2F12b02401%2Ehtm&DocOffset=1&DocsFound=14&QueryZip=plagiarism&Collection=Weekly48&Collection=DailyNews2001&Collection=MagReader2001&Collection=CareerNetwork&SortField=score&SortOrder=desc&ViewTemplate=ArchiveView%5Fnew%2Ehts&

In which the author writes,

All those who worked to get advanced academic degrees in order to police
young adults, please raise your hands. No hands? Then let's calm down
and get back to the business of teaching.

    Think about it.

                Ed Kranz

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