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Plagiarism Facts

A survey of over 63,700 US undergraduate and 9,250 graduate students over the course of three years (2002-2005)--conducted by Donald McCabe, Rutgers University--revealed the following:

  • 36% of undergraduates admit to “paraphrasing/copying few sentences from Internet source without footnoting it.”
    • 24% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 38% admit to “paraphrasing/copying few sentences from written source without footnoting it.”
    • 25% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 14% of students admit to “fabricating/falsifying a bibliography”
    • 7% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 7% self report copying materials “almost word for word from a written source without citation.”
    • 4% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 7% self report “turning in work done by another.”
    • 3% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 3% report “obtaining paper from term paper mill.”
    • 2% of graduate students report doing so

iParadigms, LLC. "FACTS & STATS." plagiarism.org. 2014.Web. <http://www.plagiarism.org/resources/facts-and-stats/>. 

Web resources more commonly copied than paper mills but...

Statistics have found most students who are going to plagiarize are more likely to take information from academic online resources rather than going to paper mills BUT there are a percentage who will still.

The list of paper mills is overwhelming but that doesn't make it impossible to find a student that has used a paper from them.

Often times if a student has taken a paper from a mill you can search the title or portions of the abstract and it will take you to the site they found it on. Paper mills tend to give a preview of a paper before a purchase and this preview is usually the way to catch someone who has used this resource.

If a paper is on a specific topic sometimes a topic specific paper mill will be your best bet to search through. To use google to search though only one website you would type in your search terms and follow them up with SITE:www.yoursitehere.com

http://www.coastal.edu/library/presentations/mills2.html

http://www.coastal.edu/library/presentations/mills5.html

Nurses Guide to Academic Integrity

"ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 

The student is responsible for their own learning. The nursing faculty is available to assist and support
each student in mastering the competencies of the nursing program. The faculty believes academic
integrity is essential to the development of professional conduct. Students who engage in acts of
academic dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism , compromise the culture of safety and integrity

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which defines the nursing profession. Students who choose to violate academic integrity erode the
foundation of trust between the students, faculty, clients and community that they serve.

St. Clair County Community College considers academic honesty to be essential to all academic
performance. The policy of the college states that instances of academic dishonesty will be treated as
serious offenses of the Student Code of Conduct. Students involved in activities such as cheating
and/or plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action. Definitions as outlined in the SC4 catalog are as
follows:

  • Definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation of language, thoughts, or ideas of another author and claiming that as one's own. Plagiarism is work not produced by the student, or work that does not credit borrowings from the original source(s).
  • Definition of cheating: Cheating can be, but is not limited to, a student using electronic
    technology, notes, or other written materials not permitted by the instructor; looking at other
    students' papers without the instructor's permission; requesting answers from other students;
    or working with other students when independent work is required. Situations where cheating
    may occur are during tests, exams, quizzes, or other similar methods of evaluation.

    ... 

    Cheating will not be tolerated in class or clinical. You must not share test questions, care plans,
    class/simulation activity answers, quiz information, assessment data , etc. All work submitted must be
    original or sources must be referenced. CHEATING on any classroom or clinical assignment, quiz or
    exam will result in a grade of "E" or an Unsatisfactory for the course and dismissal from the Nursing
    Program. In addition, the student will be ineligible for readmission to any SC4 nursing program."


    Handbook for the Practical Degree Nursing Program at St. Clair County  Community College., 2013. Web. 25 June 14. 

SC4 Students Guide to Academic Integrity

"DISHONESTY – ACADEMIC 
The college considers academic honesty to be essential to all academic performance. Instances of academic 
dishonesty will be treated as serious offenses of the Student Code of Conduct. Students involved in activities such 
as cheating and/or plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. 107 

  •  Definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation of language, thoughts or ideas of another author and claiming that as one’s own. Plagiarism is work not produced by the student, or work that does not credit borrowings from the original source(s).
  •  Definition of cheating: Cheating can be, but is not limited to, a student using electronic technology, notes or other written materials not permitted by the instructor; looking at other students’ papers without the instructor’s permission; requesting answers from other students; or working with other students when independent work is required. Situations where cheating may occur are during tests, exams, quizzes or other similar methods of evaluation. 

When the instructor has sufficient evidence of cheating or plagiarism, the instructor may impose disciplinary 
actions such as assigning a failing grade to the student’s assignment, quiz, paper or test. If the plagiarism or 
cheating involves major course work such as plagiarizing a research paper or cheating on a final exam, the 
instructor may fail the student in the course."

St. Clair County Community College Catalog 2014-2015., 2014. Web. 26 June 2014.