I’ve written before about preventing plagiarism, but it’s definitely a topic that needs to be continuously explored. I was on a volunteer board in college where a student had been accused of plagiarism and was contesting the fact that it would go on their record. Here are some facts about the case, which was anonymous – I never found out who the student was.
The student had plagiarized by not properly citing his sources. The whole paper was basically poorly paraphrased from other sources.
The student apologized for his mistake, claiming he hadn’t known how to cite his sources, and that he didn’t mean to plagiarise. Read the rest of this entry