Tag: plagiarism

Cheating to Show Yourself Approved

I was doing my student teaching in John’s Epistles as part of my doctoral studies in the early 2000s.  Toward the end of the term, the students’ research papers were due.  As I began to read through them, I noticed something strange about two papers.  The grammar and vocabulary kept changing dramatically as if a different writer was at the helm throughout sections of the paper.  Scattered within or at the very end of these sections a footnote cited the source that influenced the students’ thoughts.  I decided to take their papers to the library where I found the books they had cited.  To my surprise, both students had copied from their sources verbatim.

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