Plagiarism at universities and colleges is rife - 4 out of 10 students admit they copy material from the internet and try to pass it off as their own work. For some it's an easy way out at the last minute; for others it's driven by cut-throat competition to get into the best graduate or professional schools. To deal with the issue, colleges and universities are trying many different approaches, from changing their teaching methods to using online detection filters to promoting a culture of integrity on campus. Producer Jean Snedegar visits faculty and students at Duke, the University of Virginia, and other colleges to discover the underside of higher learning. This program is part of our ongoing series on education and technology and is funded in part by the United States Department of Education.
"Cut and Paste" was produced by Jean Snedegar. The editor was Alyne Ellis. The show was mixed by Jared Weissbrot. This program originally aired as part of our series on education and technology, produced with support from the US Department of Education.
Turn It In
This website offers tools for educators to detect and reduce plagiarism.
The Plagiarism Resource Site
This website, created by Lou Bloomfield of UVA, offers plagiarism related resources for teachers and students.
Cheating 101: Paper Mills and You
This website, developed by Coastal Carolina University, offers further resources for teachers and students looking to combat plagiarism.
Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success
by: Charles Lipson 2004
This book address issues of academic honesty, and helps students avoid committing academic infractions.
College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do about It
by: Richard Kadison, Theresa Foy DiGeronimo 2004
This book looks at the state of mental health at colleges and universities. It offers advice for students suffering some the kind of stressors and pressures that can lead some to commit plagiarism.