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Finals Week Is in Full Swing. There Are Lots of Strikes.

December 11, 2014

It’s that time again. The time of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Some students are late turning in papers. Some don’t turn in papers. Some plagiarize entire papers. Some cheat on tests. Others don’t show up to take the tests.

My favorites are the plagiarists. There are a dozen or so online plagiarism checkers that do a fairly good job of checking for papers taken from the internet. Students whom I suspect of being plagiarists are requested to submit their papers on paper as well as an attachment to an email. (The university does not want teachers to accept attachments because of the possibility of picking up a virus, but I don’t care. Isn’t that what Norton is for?). Students who don’t submit a paper as an attachment to an email automatically fail.

It’s great. All I have to do is copy and paste a few swatches of brilliant writing that is unaccompanied by citation and Bingo! Instant F! It sure beats reading these dreadful papers.

The free plagiarism checkers aren’t perfect, but they do a good enough job so that I still get a nap or two in. Finals week isn’t a total loss.  Back when students actually did research from books, it was much more difficult for them to plagiarize and I had to read a lot more papers. I read that plagiarism is more widespread than actually believed, so maybe next term I’ll require a digitally produced paper. Maybe a CD would be better than an attachment. CDs make great drink coasters.




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