Even the most honorable student has contemplated taking a shortcut when stressing over term papers and overall work loads. While most do not opt for this easy (if immoral) option, there are those that succumb to the pressure. Well beware! Educators are getting wise to the online sites used by cheaters to plagiarize content included in their school assignments. Using new online technologies like the plagiarism detector software from www.turnitin.com, instructors are able to scan students’ term papers and learn if any or all of it has been “lifted” from other websites. The top 8 most frequently revealed sites for cheaters to “borrow” from are: 1) Wikipedia.com 2) Yahoo! Answers 3) Answers.com 4) Slideshare.com 5) OPPapers.com (Other People’s Papers) 6) Scribd.com 7) Coursehero.com 8) Medilibrary.com Of course, some of these, like Wikipedia are simply reference sites. While others like OPPapers.com are designed specifically to sell content to cheaters. Whether you clip a sentence, a paragraph or an entire term paper, it is still plagiarism and it is still wrong. Think twice before stealing copy. After all, you’re only cheating yourself out of learning what you have invested time and money into studying.
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