January 28th, 2008 by Bob Bly
A survey conducted by Rutgers Business School found that nearly half of college students said they were guilty of plagarism: using content in their papers that wasn’t theirs, without permission or attribution.
Of those, nearly 8 out of 10 said they committed plagarism either solely or mainly when using online research materials.
Reason: it’s so quick and easy to cut and paste the text from the Web site into their document.
Printed source material is plagarized less frequently — presumably because it’s too much work to rekey the material into their laptops.
Among high school students, who were also surveyed, 6 out of 10 plagarize, and 3 out of 4 cheat on tests.
Students felt little guilt about plagarism and cheating. They cited lack of time and the need to have high grades to get into a good school or job as ample justification for their dishonesty.
Another reason cited was peer pressure: the students felt that, with so many of their peers cheating, those who don’t cheat are at an unfair disadvantage.
What a world!
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