Net Plagiarism threatens whole generation of UK students

A survey carried out amongst the Association of Teachers and Lecturers showed that nearly sixty percent of those interviewed considered plagiarism from the internet as a problem.

The Internet has allowed an immense amount of information to be readily available to students, some of whom are so lazy that they copied and pasted text in assignments and essays regardless whether the text copied actually answered the question.

Teachers found that some assignments even contained web adverts which are often integrated in the text body.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL, said: "Teachers are struggling under a mountain of cut-and-pasting to spot whether work was the student's own or plagiarism."

Plagiarism affects both secondary and university institutions with an increasing number of techniques - such as Turnitin - being used to identify whether work has been copied or not.

As the ATL writes, plagiarism will affect the students’ long term skills when it comes to creating content and disserting around subjects and themes as well as understanding the subject being studied.

One teacher said that getting students to understand what plagiarism is would help alleviate the problem although it might do little to stem the growing number of online paid-for essay services which can deliver genuine quality essays for a fee.