Plagiarism: How Far has Technology Come
By definition, plagiarism is a form of cheating. Originating from a Spanish word that means ‘kidnapping’, it is actually the thought of taking another person’s ideas and thoughts. It also means to pass off or steal ideas and accept it as one’s own.
Why is this term becoming more and more heard of?
Why is this term such a big deal, in the first place?
Cyber-plagiarism is fast becoming a term that is causing dread and alarm to teachers and professionals alike. Why?
Students are given tasks, which is supposedly, given to test their knowledge, to test if they have learned something. These tasks are given to make sure that they have learned something from a lesson that was explained to them, in detail or vaguely, perhaps, as what professors in college do, but to think that teachers exhaust ways to make sure knowledge is shared, taught and trained.
It is quite alarming, really, how students use the internet, in a harmful manner. Instead of using the world wide web as a tool to do research, is now used to search for materials to be submitted to the teacher as work, as though their own.
In the past, plagiarism would be copied paragraphs, from old term papers, or school journals taken or borrowed from the library. In these modern times, if you know how to search, you are able to submit a thesis, a term paper, any sort of assignment that would certainly assure you a passing rate without the teacher really knowing the truth.
Except that, fortunately, there are tools that teachers and professors use to know if the work submitted are actually plagiarized. Coincidentally, there are sites created, produced and built to help teachers separate those who try hard to pass, from those who think that studying is something that is needed, a must, to be able to go to the next stage.
Let’s haphazardly talk about this cyber plagiarism started.
In the late nineteen sixties, there already have been sites that advertise terms papers for sale, under the guise of the term “academic research services”. Not only do they harm the true meaning of learning of students who attend school, they earn money out of it as well.
So, how does one really know if the work tendered by a student is his or actually, a plagiarized work?
There is no hundred percent definite way to tell. Most of the time, plagiarism is, really, undetected. Unless the professor or teacher would take time to load all their students’ works and check using the net if the work is indeed plagiarized or not, then, the work would indeed pass and get a that sought after diploma.