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David P. Dillard
04-03-2002, 05:16 AM
Since there is now a discussion on this list, I will add the comments that
I made on the SportPsy list in the hopes that the information in my post
will be useful to some of the members of this discussion group. I think
that plagiarism and purchased term papers are much more prevalent than
many people in adademic work realize.

David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584


Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 12:35:20 -0500
From: David P. Dillard
Reply-To: Sport History Scholars list
To: SPORTHIST@listserv.umist.ac.uk
Subject: [SPORTHIST] RESOURCES: Student Plagiarism at College

This message if part of a thread on the Sport Psychology discussion group
about plagiarism. Someone noticed a sports and physical education term
paper mill and posted about it to that list. The archives are public for
that discussion group and here are the two URLs for the other messages. I
am sharing my post below as I think some on this list may be interested in
its content.

I hope that the messages above on the Sport Psychology and my message
below will be useful to some on this discussion group.

David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584


Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 10:52:25 -0500
From: David P. Dillard
Reply-To: Exercise and Sports Psychology
Subject: Student Plagiarism at College

First of all, I want to mention that I would actually be surprised if
their were not a term paper mill that focused on physical education,
recreation and sports majors in college. This is the age of
specialization and the market niche. After all, can a student in physical
education trust a general paper mill to have a good selection of quality
papers over that of a group that focuses on their field?

We recently had a one day conference on CyberPlagiarism at Temple
University. The presenter from Pennsylvania State University, my alma
mater, had some amusing and also some very valuable things to say on this
topic or academic cheating. He took us on a website tour of the paper
mill that he has joined so that we could see how they are laid out. The
students learn from these websites that these resources are research
assistants that the student can hire and use just like faculty hire
research assistants. This is the perfect solution for the student in a
hurry who has two jobs, three courses and a demanding girlfriend or
boyfriend. Solves the problem of doing a paper much faster.

The most important issue, according to this presenter is prevention.
Cure is not ignored as there are tools like university discipline
committees, codes of ethics for students, and the use of a grade like Penn
State has adopted, the XF grade that indicates failure due to academic
dishonesty. Penn State even rescinded a doctoral degree after academic
cheating or plagiarism was found to have been used in the dissertation.

Prevention is the best solution because after the fact it is a very tough
issue in that it can result in difficult political and social issues. The
presenter described how to prevent as the technique of making it so
difficult to cheat that it is not worth the time. This involves requiring
all note cards with sources indicated to be turned in. All searches
done on databases, a required activity for such assignments, to be
also turned in and to include the search strategy from the database
search output. In other words, if you force the student to re-research
the finished paper that they plan to use in place of their own, this may
easily make it harder to cheat than it would be to do the assignment
as it should have been done from scratch.

I posed the question at this meeting, I must confess it was a loaded one,
"Does lack of skill on the part of students in library skills and research
skills, particularly in the use of electronic resources and especially
databases and online public catalogs (OPACS), cause a substantial amount
of academic cheating?" The answer to this question was an emphatic yes
from the presenter. Many students turn to term paper mills frequently
because they do not have even a rudimentary idea of how to begin their
research and have no skill or training in using databases and other
research tools. Futhermore, as a noted in an article that I wrote soon to
be published, they do not know what to ask for when seeking help. They
may ask where do you keep your periodicals with an unstated idea that they
will go and page through them one by one looking for articles on their
topics. Unfortunately most students do not have the years that this
approach might take. Alternatively, they may ask to be shown which
website has all of the information that they need for writing their term

Below I have listed web URLs for a few term paper mills and for
a number of websites with discussion of academic plagiarism or tools
for dealing with this serious problem.

Paper mills: Plagiarism made easy

Collegiate Care

The Jungle Page

School Sucks

The Writer's Coach


Plagiarism Sites for Faculty and Educators for Tracking and
Teaching Skills for Handling Plagiarism

Plagiarism Workshop for Faculty.

Strategies for addressing and preventing plagiarism in the digital age.
Karen Michaelsen, SCCC Librarian

Resources for Faculty

Tips for faculty for successful Library workshops
Key created:
Your Make A Shorter Link key has been created.
Your shorter link is: http://makeashorterlink.com/?O28C34F9
An Example of a College Library Service for a Plagiarism Training
Program for Faculty




Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers

The Plagiarism Resource Center at
The University of Virginia


>From Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers
These Plagiarism detectors are listed

Plagiarism.com at

Plagiarism.org at

Wordcheck at

Eve at


What is Plagiarism at Indiana University?

Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities,
and Conduct

Cyber-Plagiarism: Detection & Prevention
Be sure and Look at both on this Page
References & Links Which is part of the above URL page
Additional resources are available on the Links Page

Publications Regarding Copyright Violation Protection

Catching Digital Cheaters


Copyright And Copyleft

I hope that these resources and these websites will help the
educators on this list to become more aware of the scope of
this problem and of some of the resources and tools for dealing
with this problem.

David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204-4584

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