The New York Times has a great piece today about the impact the Internet has had on plagiarism. Apparently, there’s a lot of reckless cutting and pasting going on out there in student land.
…the tip-off to one student’s copying was the purple shade of several paragraphs he had lifted from the Web; when confronted by a writing tutor his professor had sent him to, he was not defensive — he just wanted to know how to change purple text to black.
So I got to thinking: At what point in your education did you receive a really good talk on what constitutes plagiarism? Does the university do enough to help students understand what it is?
And finally, how much Internet-generated plagiarism happens by accident versus deliberately? (BTW, I am not sure which category the guy referred to in the excerpt above falls into.)