Essay by tranadUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, July 2009

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With the increase in modern technology in the year 2007 the integrity of academic writing has become more and more compromised. Rather it is a student intentionally copying and pasting information from the internet into their report for class or another student unknowingly copying some information from the internet and using it in a research paper. Academic plagiarism has become more and more of an epidemic as the online world continues to grow the end to its limits does not seem to be near.

What is Plagiarism?Plagiarism is defined as; to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (a created production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. To put it simple it is stealing.

When you are a young college student or you most likely define stealing as taking someone else stuff, i.e.

car, shoes, hat. While writing a paper it might seem harmless to many students to just copy and paste an entire paragraph from an article and use it in your research paper, but the truth is it is just like stealing someone's shoes. Many students just don't seem to want to accept this fact because it is so easy to do. That is why Colleges and Universities are starting to step up there effort to curb plagiarism.

Internet PlagiarismAccording to a recent study on college plagiarism Internet plagiarism is defiantly rising among students. Thirty-eight percent of the undergraduate students surveyed said that in the last year they had engaged in one or more instances of ''cut-and-paste'' plagiarism involving the Internet, paraphrasing or copying anywhere from a few sentences to a full paragraph from the Web without citing the source. Almost half the students...