There are several ways of cheating in school nowadays whether it is an exam or submitting a required paper, there are always some students who are encouraged to cheat. For instance, during an examination, they can always look into their PDAs or ask classmates for answers via a text message through the cellular phone. When it comes to essays or any written project for that matter, there is always the internet to copy and paste it from without properly acknowledging the author or citing the source and of course, there are also companies which offer to accomplish the project for them.
It is a good thing though that there re also ways to detect plagiarism and that almost all universities do not tolerate such activities by implementing punishments to those who committed such.
Technological Means of Plagiarizing Students’ ways of cheating during exams include the following: First is through the use of what is technically referred to as the “PDA or Personal Digital Assistant” (Tech-FAQ, 2008, n.
p. ). This kind of technology stores data which may be retrieved and used during an exam (Tech-FAQ, 2008, n. p. ). In addition to that, it has the ability to connect to the internet as well and so answers to the questions given in the exam ay just be searched using that and may be copied directly by the student before submitting it to the teacher (Tech-FAQ, 2008, n. p. ).
Another is through the cellular phone which may be used by students to plagiarize because of its “text messaging” feature (History of Mobile Phone, n.
d. , n. p. ). This feature allows the cellular phone user to send whatever message he or she wants to send (History of Mobile Phone, n. d. , n. p. ). A student can then just send a text asking for an answer for the exam and he or she will get it once the receiver agrees to send a response (History of Mobile Phone, n. d. , n. p. ). There are also students’ ways to plagiarize their papers and some of these are the following: First is through the “internet” which is technically defined as a “worldwide, publicly accessible network of interconnected computer networks that transmit data using the standard Internet Protocol” (Glossary of Terms, n. d. , n. p. ).
This means that if someone wanted to be informed about a certain concept, he or she can just search through the internet (Glossary of Terms, n. d. , n. p. ). Students who cannot get a book for research, or is just lazy an just search his or her topic, copy and paste the information found without paraphrasing and citing the source, thus committing plagiarism (Glossary of Terms, n. d. , n. p. ). Another way of carrying such out is through the help of essay companies selling papers to students (Couglan, 2007, n. p. ).
The students who buy these commit plagiarism because they submit papers written for them by other people (Couglan, 2007, n. p. ). Detection of Plagiarism Fortunately, even if students are encouraged to plagiarize, there are several ways to detect if the aforementioned is carried out. First of all, there are several companies offering to heck for plagiarism in the papers of students; schools acquire such service or they tie up with companies like “turnitin. com” (The University of Texas at Austin, 2008, n. p. ). In addition to that there are also websites that can help detect such for free; these include: “google and altavista” (The University of Texas at Austin, 2008, n. p. ).
Universities Punishments for Academic Dishonesty In addition to the ways of detecting plagiarism, another way of discouraging students from committing so are the punishments that are given by universities in case proven guilty (The University of Texas at Austin, 2008, n. p. . Students are either suspended or expelled from the university or any school for that matter, in case they are proven guilty (The University of Texas at Austin, 2008, n. p. ).
Conclusion Cheating and plagiarism have been greatly motivated by the kind of technology that emerged; for instance, PDAs, cellular phones, internet, as well as, essay companies are all very inviting (Tech-FAQ, 2008, n. p. ). It is fortunate that along with it came the ways of detecting plagiarism and university policies against academic dishonesty that discouraged students to continue to do so University of Texas at Austin, 2008, n. p. ).