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    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
    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:
    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 at 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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