From Plagiarism Today:
When it comes to plagiarism, there’s an understandable desire to bury our heads in the sand.
We don’t want to believe plagiarism exists. If it must exist then we don’t want to believe it’s that common. If it’s that common then it can’t be that bad. If it’s that bad, there must be a way to stop it.
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Truth 1: Most Plagiarisms Aren’t Caught
In the age of plagiarism detection software and an eagle-eyed public, it might seem that there’s no place for a plagiarist to hide.
However, he truth is that most plagiarisms aren’t caught, at least not timely.
The reason isn’t because the technology is flawed or readers have poor memories, but rather, because there’s so much to read and so little is actually checked.
Sure, any piece of text can be checked for matching passages, but many schools and publications don’t bother using the tools at all. Those who do often use it in a spotty fashion and, even when it is used consistently, it’s still to easy to ignore or misinterpret results.
Take for example journalism, which has been mired in plagiarism scandals in recent years but has still steadfastly refused to use plagiarism detection software.
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Truth 5: Plagiarism Isn’t Going Away
There was plagiarism before the internet and the internet only made plagiarism easier. There’s no reason to think it will go away now.
Yes, the internet has been a double edged sword for plagiarism, making it easier to detect as well. But since most plagiarisms are still undetected, that ease of detection provides little deterrence.
While there are many things that can and should be done to reduce the amount of plagiarism, including crafting plagiarism-resistant assignments, educating on proper citation and using plagiarism detection tools correctly, none of it will completely stop stop plagiarism.
Trying to eliminate plagiarism is akin to trying to eliminate crime. You can (and should) work to reduce it, but as long as humans behave like humans, you can never eliminate it.
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