GEN 105 Week 4
CheckPoint: Detecting Plagiarism
University instructors can enforce consequences for plagiarism such as failing a student’s plagiarized assignment or failing a student from a class. In serious cases, instructors may choose to report instances of plagiarism to University administration. To detect plagiarism, University faculty use tools like the Plagiarism Checker, a service provided by the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE).
Resources: University Library, Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) Plagiarism Checker
Due Date: Day 5 [Individual] forum
Retrieve the following article from the ProQuest Database found at the University Library: Lab Courses Go Virtual by Thomas F. Edgar. Copy and paste the text of the article into a Microsoft® Word document and save it to your desktop.
Imagine you are an instructor who received the Edgar article in an assignment post from a student, and that this student has claimed to have written the article herself. In actuality, she plagiarized the article from the University Library.
Submit the article to the Plagiarism checker from the Center for Writing Excellence. From your student course page:
Select the following menus: My Learning Resources, Tools & Tutorials, and Center for Writing Excellence.
Select the Submit Paper for Review link.
Enter the Paper Title and use the Browse button to find the Word document on your desktop that contains the Edgar article.
Click the box marked Plagiarism Checker and wait for the status icon to change from a gold In Progress diamond to a green Ready square.
After waiting a moment, click your browser’s Refresh button to view results. Click the Ready square once it appears to view results.
Post a 200- to 300-word response describing the results from the Plagiarism Checker. Still imagining yourself as a faculty member, include what you think your course of action would be toward the student who submitted the assignment. Describe to the student why plagiarism is dishonest, and what other types of behavior constitute academic dishonesty.
Axia College takes academic honesty seriously. Think for a moment about an author whose original work has been plagiarized by a student. Why would that author consider plagiarism to be such a grave offense?
What are other ways in which you can make use of the wealth of Web-based information and still guard against plagiarism?