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The 10 Most Popular Writing Resources Being Used By Students

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The plagiarism prevention and grading assistance company Turnitin this week released an updated report on sources in student writing, and while higher ed students demonstrated better judgement in selecting academically-viable source material than their secondary-ed counterparts, several less desirable websites found their way into the rankings.

According to Turnitin, these are the top 10 sites that university and college students used, based on the company’s analysis of 156 content matches in 37 million student papers that were submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012:

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Oppapers.com
  3. Slideshare.net
  4. Coursehero.com\
  5. Scibd.com
  6. Answers.Tahoo.com
  7. Answers.com
  8. Medlibrary.org
  9. BigNerds.com
  10. PaperCamp.com

Read more: The 10 Most Popular Writing Resources Being Used By Students.

Myth: Online Classes Encourage Cheating

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about students cheating in those free online classes called MOOCs ignited a fireball of blogging last week about how online learning will, once again, be the ruination of all higher education.

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 The Chronicle article focused on anecdotal evidence that students enrolled in free massive online courses (MOOCs) are plagiarizing their essays in literature courses.

So what’s the problem with online learning this time?

It lacks credibility because it encourages people to cheat.

To which I say: Really?

Full Text: Big Fat Online Education Myths | Cheating Like Weasels in Online Classes | GetEducated.com.

10 Types of Plagiarism Defined byTurnitin

Turnitin Spectrum Sample

Recently, plagiarism detection service Turnitin performed a survey of some 879 educators in a bid to understand what kinds of plagiarism were the most common in academia and, equally importantly, which were viewed as being the most problematic.

In a recent whitepaper posted to its site, Turnitin reported on the findings of its study and laid out what the educators said along with some analysis of their own.

The results were not shocking, but still provided a great deal of insight into both how educators view and treat plagiarism as well as what students are actually doing.

So what did the survey find?

Read the Full Text: Turnitin Analyzes the Spectrum of Plagiarism | Plagiarism Today.

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