Articles on Plagiarism

Displaying all articles

For every student who knowingly steals other people’s words and ideas, there are 10 who are not trying to be dishonest. From

Policing plagiarism could make universities miss the real problems

For every student who intentionally steals others' work and passes it off as her own, there are ten who don't yet know how to build academic knowledge. They need our help, not condemnation.
It’s impossible to compare student work against a database of sources because each pay-for plagiarised assignment is a bespoke creation. AAP/Alan Porritt

Policing won’t be enough to prevent pay-for plagiarism

We could be fooled into thinking pay-for plagiarism is a modern, high-tech invention. However, the internet merely supports the logistics.
Students are encouraged to cheat when they see people getting rewarded for dishonest acts in society. Hand image via

Why do students cheat? Listen to this dean’s words

Surveys show that 95% of high school students and 70% of college students are involved in some form of cheating.
Have cheating and plagiarism increased in universities as a symptom of more international students or just of more students? Shutterstock

Biased reports on international students not helpful

While Four Corners shed some much-needed light on long-standing problems in higher education, these problems aren't reserved for international students.
News of Tanveer Ahmed’s dismissal from The Australian has put plagiarism back in the headlines. Bart

Feeding the beast: why plagiarism rips off readers too

By now you’ve likely heard about psychiatrist and columnist Tanveer Ahmed’s recent opinion piece in The Australian in which he effectively blamed radical feminism for domestic violence. Others have explained…
The advent of digital media allows anyone to be a social commentator. ra2studio/Shutterstock

Everyone’s an expert: in the digital era, fakes need to be exposed

In the public eye, an expert, writing for newspapers and magazines or speaking on television, used to be considered almost infallible. The public rarely challenged their words and considered their analysis…
One sure-fire way to make sure your students are completing their assessment for themselves is to make them perform practical work exercises rather than write essays. AAP/Dean Lewins

Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic

The essay, as the primary form of assessment, should be dead. This is the kind of comment that terrifies academics everywhere – but it is an idea that I think we all need to consider. The “news” that there…
Research undertaken on beagles and the contraceptive pill in the 1970s was found to be fabricated - there never were any beagles.. Flickr

Fabricating and plagiarising: when researchers lie

There are a few things you might need for an experiment involving beagles and the side effects of contraceptive pills. Animal research ethics aside, beagles might be a good start. Sadly, one researcher…
Using technology to tackle plagiarism is important, but universities need to understand why students do it in the first place. Student image from

Carrot or the stick? Technology and university plagiarism

Trying to control and prevent plagiarism is a problem for all universities, and nearly all universities these days use some kind of technology to combat it. But in a recent article on The Conversation…
Plagiarism is happening at universities, but technology is not the way to solve the problem. Computer image from

Delusions of candour: why technology won’t stop plagiarism

Plagiarism at university is a time-old scourge. Some would have us believe it can be sought out with ever-improving technology, and with more consistent vetting of student essays with the latest detection…

Top contributors