Outils gratuits pour repérer le plagiat 19 mars 2017
Dans son article, Clémence Jost (ArchiMag, 01-03-2017, Plagiat : 3 outils gratuits pour repérer les copiés-collés) présente trois outils gratuits pour repérer le plagiat. Attention, ce ne sont pas des outils pour le professeur qui veut détecter le plagiat dans les travaux de ses étudiants mais des outils pour vérifier si quelqu’un d’autre s’est approprié votre contenu ou vos images.
Avec Positeo, vous pourrez vérifier si le contenu de votre site web se retrouve dans d’autres pages web. PlagSpotter fait à peu près la même chose tandis que Pixsy permet de repérer les utilisations illégales de vos images, et photos. Vous pouvez donc commencer à défendre vos droits d’auteur avec ces outils!
Merci à Jacky de m’avoir recommandé cet article!
Essay mill sold 16,000 papers last year! 16 mars 2017
The article published by Simon Usborne (Essays for sale: the booming online industry in writing academic work to order, The Guardian, March 4th 2017) is frankly horrifying. Some of the statistics and practices surrounding the sale of essays is discouraging. How can we expect students to write their own papers when it’s so easy and cheap to buy one that comes » with a series of promises. The work we produce is guaranteed to meet the grade you order, or you get your money back.” It will also be “100% free from plagiarism” – and on time ».
According to Usborne, there are more than 100 essay mills operating and one of them employs 3,500 researchers! Yet they will continue to do so because selling an essay is not illegal. Maybe it’s time governments started to legislate and outlaw these websites. How much learning is going on when a paper is purchased? Do you want your next medical appointment to be with a doctor who bought his lab reports? Or that your son’s teacher not be able to write an original text? Universities must also offer more help to students, with writing centers where students can get help to learn how to write an original and good essay.
Plagiarism on TV! 13 mars 2017
Plagiarism used to be a hot topic. The proof? In 2016, Plagiarism Today found three instances of TV shows that featured plagiarism as a topic, in popular episodes geared at children (Arthur — Francine copies from her older sister), and for teenagers (The Facts of Life — Blair copied from Emily Dickinson, The Waltons — John Boy’s poem gets plagiarised). However, these shows are all old and have been off the air for quite a long time. It that because back then, TV shows were used to put forward life lessons and to demonstrate that characters were flawed? Nowadays, popular shows are all about vampires and gladiators who have too many other life threatening problems to be bothered with plagiarism! Maybe that’s a good thing but then, how are kids these days supposed to look up to heroes who teach them to be honest and to work hard?
Courts are not kind to students 10 mars 2017
In an article published on the 7th of February on the Plagiarism Today blog, many cases are reported where students have gone to court to try and get exonerated from plagiarism charges. It seems that in most cases but not always, the courts find in favour of the schools. While this is reassuring, the author gives three reasons why students feel the need to resort to extreme measures like going to court.
» However, the cases that have gone to court have usually hinged on one of three things:
Allegedly Inadequate Due Process: Students feel angry because they don’t feel like they received due process. In particular, they feel they were not provided a chance to make their case or have their side of the story heard.
Perceived Discrimination: Many students feel that they were singled out unfairly, either due to race, gender, sexuality or another issue. This prompts some to sue even if they did commit plagiarism and are willing to admit it.
Alleged Breach of Contract: Many students sue because they feel that the school did not uphold their end of the honor code, not providing them the protections they were promised or following the standard it set forth » (Bailey, 2017).
Sad to see that students feel like they have been not been heard enough, that they have been treated unfairly, that they have not been trained enough yet in almost all the cases, the judges ruled against them…
Ouch! If you feel like cheating in school, don’t do it! It seems that it is the start of a lifelong series of consequences and bad habits… In an article published in Our Everyday Life, Christopher Cascio explains that students who cheat in school could later be incompetent in their jobs and develop corrupted morals (once you cheated with success, it gets easier to do it again and again).
Also, if you cheated and were not successful, there are two possible consequences to your actions. Firstly, a disciplinary note will be entered on your transcript and it will follow you for a very long time, possibly keeping your from furthering your academic career. Secondly, your reputation will be damaged and you will lose the trust of people around you.
And one more consequence of your cheating according to Cascio, it will further develop a culture of cheating and encourage others to cheat! So if you feel like cheating, think twice!