A Suggestion For Those Tempted by Plagiarism


As finals begin to wrap up and students everywhere are turning in their final projects for the semester, the temptation to plagiarize and cheat will, in many cases, be the strongest it has ever been.

If you find yourself visited by a demon and an angel, torn in an ethical, practical and philosophical debate, the Web comic Cyanide and Happiness (some comics NSFW) has a suggestion for you, a way to get through this final push without having to resort to plagiarism, self-plagiarism or otherwise.

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Though I don’t do many comedy posts on PT, I wanted to offer something to help end the week and maybe help students and faculty get through a very difficult time of the year.

Hope everyone is prepping for a great holiday break and that those in school are closing out a successful semester.

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    • In academic circles, it actually is. It's less so elsewhere but nearly all plagiarism honor codes that I have read and helped write treated self-plagiarism as an act of actual plagiarism.

      The view of the school is that each assignment is meant to be a test of what you know right then, not what you knew at one point. So turning in an old assignment as a new one is a form of academic dishonesty.


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