2 Tools for Helping Students Write Better Papers

For the past decade, plagiarism has become a broader issue that now reaches beyond education and into politics and business.

One article described the basis of the issue as "The Copy and Paste Mentality," and shared brief stories regarding prominent political figures who were found to have plagiarized content.

According to the New York Times, what does and does not need to be cited seems to be a very gray area for students:

…concepts of intellectual property, copyright and originality are under assault in the unbridled exchange of online information, say educators who study plagiarism.

Digital technology makes copying and pasting easy, of course. But that is the least of it. The Internet may also be redefining how students — who came of age with music file-sharing, Wikipedia and Web-linking — understand the concept of authorship and the singularity of any text or image.

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