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Teaching, Plagiarism, and the New and Improved Term Paper Mill


by Timothy Dodd — October 17, 2006

Much concern has been voiced of late in the popular press and in academic circles about students' use of on-line term paper services. These services, some of which offer free downloads and others which charge a fee for supplying custom-written papers on requested topics, have appeared in large numbers on the Web over the past few years. How prevalent is their use? To what extent are high school and college students resorting to plagiarism? Is the technique of compiling strands of website text replacing the craft of writing? While internet technologies may provide easy opportunity for students to corrupt the research and writing processes, educators also possess tools to teach honest scholarship. The "3 Ps" strategy - pedagogy, promotion, and a little policing - assists students in developing the necessary academic and ethical skill sets to resist the temptation to violate academic integrity norms.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 17, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12794, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 6:01:16 PM

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  • Timothy Dodd
    Center for Academic Integrity
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    TIMOTHY DODD is the Executive Director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Duke University.
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