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Plagiarizing your own student… 31 mars 2017

Filed under: plagiat,thèse,université — Martine Peters @ 02:26

CBC’s Leo Geoff wrote an article (26th March, 2017) about a professor who plagiarized in one of his article a student’s work. The professor admitted that he was guilty but that the student’s contribution was not significant enough to warrant acknowledgement! Apparently, the professor wrote parts of the student’s thesis…

What a terrible argument to defend your plagiarism! First of all, if there was a contribution from the student, however small it was, it absolutely needs to be recognised. How can we expect students to give their references to the authors whose work they use if we, as professors, don’t reference every author we cite. We need to be models for our students, at all times, not only when it serves our purpose…

And secondly, writing parts of a student’s thesis is very poor pedagogy. I find it very surprising that any professor would have the time or the inclination to write for his student. That is still plagiarism, on the part of both the professor and the student. The first for writing for someone else and the second for passing off someone else’s work as his own!



Using Automatic Paraphrasing to Avoid Plagiarism 27 mars 2017

What will students do to avoid plagiarism? Using automatic paraphrasing according to an article in Plagiarism Today (Jonathan Bailey, 23rd of March, 2017) produces sentences that « barely make sense » yet more and more students rely on it. Basically, what the tools do is swap words for synonyms with results like this sentence  » The cat rode on the boat » being transformed into these: « The feline used the ship./ The tabby floated on the trawler. / The calico sailed on the vessel. » The author mentions that this is cheating. I don’t agree because the students can use the tools to paraphrase and give their reference. This is not cheating. However, the outcome is that students, while not plagiarizing by coping and pasting, are still not learning how to write proper sentences.

If you are curious about trying an automatic paraphrasing tool, you can go to this website: http://www.goparaphrase.com/.






Essay mills undermine students’ achievement 24 mars 2017

Filed under: écriture,détection de plagiat,Essay mills,Writing center — Martine Peters @ 06:32

More and more students are buying themselves a university diploma. It’s not cheap but it certainly is easy. Yet another article about essay mills (Daniel Maxwell, Asian Correspondant, ‘Essay mills’ damage academic standards, undermine learner achievement) laments the fact that students are not learning as much as they could if they wrote their own papers. One solution proposed is the criminalization of buying a paper and submitting it as your own. « University students caught submitting essays they bought online will be fined and receive a criminal record ».

So much time, money and effort will be spent trying to catch these students. Let’s spend the money trying to teach them how to write instead. Let’s invest in writing centers, tutorials and students will develop the skills to write their own papers…


Outils gratuits pour repérer le plagiat 19 mars 2017

Filed under: détection de plagiat,outils/logiciels,plagiat — Martine Peters @ 06:47

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

Filed under: plagiat — Martine Peters @ 01:14

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

Filed under: plagiat,Uncategorized — Martine Peters @ 23:01

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…