§ access to a variety of plagiarized resources via the internet including customized papers
§ cutting and pasting
Cultural shifts in perceptions of honesty and integrity
Student error and attitudes
§ limited high school preparation for college level writing
§ lack of instruction
§ focus on grades/fear of failure, especially for those who are performing weakly
§ outside pressures—illness, jobs, time constraints, financial factors, parental pressure, etc.
§ procrastination/time management—fear of failure/excitement of stress/work better under pressure
§ uncertainty over documentation rules—especially for beginning freshmen
· no author, common knowledge, etc.
· blurred lines between individual and collaborative learning
§ changing perceptions of intellectual property-- file sharing, music downloads, Wikipedia, etc. free material doesn’t need to be cited
· more relaxed view of “cheating” in younger culture/the ends justify the means
philosophy/everyone does it
· don’t see copying from someone else as plagiarism
· victimless crime
§ desire to “beat the system” or lack of “integration” with university culture/class
§ assignments that are too general/only require a final draft
§ long-term deadlines that lead to procrastination
§ inconsistent campus policies and responses
§ demands of larger classes and extensive resources
§ avoidance of confrontation
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