Plagiarism & Cheating Watch

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(Original post by Jools)
Hence the disclaimer on my Essays site:

DISCLAIMER - Essays are intended for guideline use, not for coursework cheating. Short quotes from these essays may be usable in your own work provided you quote the source, e.g. © Adam Craig. However direct plagiarism is illegal and can result in disqualification from the series of exams - you can be easily caught if your tutor simply types in a text string into Google.

Yet Private Eye dismissed that as a standard disclaimer & implied I was promoting plagiarism.
Once my Physics Coursework has gone through etc. i'll give you it so that you can put it up on your website.
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Isn't it a bit harsh putting those quotes in your sig? It makes her out to be stupid.
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(Original post by Ollie)
indeed, short of sleeping with the vice chancelor's daughter, at exeter there isn't much worse!
How would sleeping with the vice chancellor's daughter be worse than blatant plaguerism?
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(Original post by Pencil Queen)
Just being nosy (and trying to find out if the Exeter VC had a daughter) and found out that Professor Steven M Smith, BSc MSc PhD is a Southampton graduate :cool:
Hello there. Initiator of the knob fetish!
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(Original post by timeofyourlife)
Isn't it a bit harsh putting those quotes in your sig? It makes her out to be stupid.
She should be grateful, the sheer stupidity and idiocy she posseses is quite unbelievable.

The sheer hypocrisy of the first quote is quite bizzarre.
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How would sleeping with the vice chancellor's daughter be worse than blatant plaguerism?
Maybe she's ugly?
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(Original post by Iluvatar)
Maybe she's ugly?
In terms of getting into trouble.
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(Original post by *reasoning*)
In terms of getting into trouble.
Is she in a relationship?
Or maybe she's under age or something?
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(Original post by *reasoning*)
How would sleeping with the vice chancellor's daughter be worse than blatant plaguerism?
Just an expression. In reality i'm sure you can do whatever you like with her!

(Original post by PQ)
Just being nosy (and trying to find out if the Exeter VC had a daughter) and found out that Professor Steven M Smith, BSc MSc PhD is a Southampton graduate
He is, he's ok is Steve, and yes he graduated from Southampton :rolleyes:
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(Original post by *reasoning*)
She should be grateful, the sheer stupidity and idiocy she posseses is quite unbelievable.

The sheer hypocrisy of the first quote is quite bizzarre.
I thought your ban was meant to end on monday?
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I did copy a whole bunch of stuff on evaporites out of a text book - it was during my first semester and we hadn't been through the tutorials on sourcing and referencing so I just bungled it.

The whole lot got re-worded and rearranged wherever possible but changing the content/structure was just daft - there was no way of explaining the concept more concisely so trying to make it look original would have involved making it more complicated.

I did quote the text book as a source at the end of the essay - and it probably would have been daft to simply quote entire paragraphs with references.

Felt quite guilty when I got a high mark back for it though (77% ).

In the end though it was my lowest marked course and so wasn't included in calculating my yearly average (not that the first year counted towards my degree mark anyway)
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(Original post by Pencil Queen)
I did copy a whole bunch of stuff on evaporites out of a text book - it was during my first semester and we hadn't been through the tutorials on sourcing and referencing so I just bungled it.

The whole lot got re-worded and rearranged wherever possible but changing the content/structure was just daft - there was no way of explaining the concept more concisely so trying to make it look original would have involved making it more complicated.

I did quote the text book as a source at the end of the essay - and it probably would have been daft to simply quote entire paragraphs with references.

Felt quite guilty when I got a high mark back for it though (77% ).
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(Original post by timeofyourlife)
I thought your ban was meant to end on monday?
It did.

And it shall end again soon.
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Cheater
there isnothing wrong with cheating :rolleyes:
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there isnothing wrong with cheating :rolleyes:
I didn't say there was, I just merely pointed out an observation.
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One of the girls in my year "borrowed" my rough book for English when I wasn't there (she was a boarder, this was in the evening when I was at home). Sure enough, her essay was strangely like mine and included several of my own turns of phrase. I didn't say anything though and nothing happened, as I still got a higher mark on it!

It often feels like I'm plagiarising when I'm writing essays because with stuff like Biochemistry, there are only so many ways that you can write how something happens, and often it's how it's written in the book, even if you don't intend it to be. In exams and so on, however, obviously I won't have the books with me and won't be able to do this.

Jools - do give us a link to this article once you've written it!
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there isnothing wrong with cheating :rolleyes:
What do you mean theres nothing wrong with cheating!!!! :confused:
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What do you mean theres nothing wrong with cheating!!!! :confused:
i dont think there is a problem with cheating, if you get away with it, its the fault of the system, not the problem for the cheater
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(Original post by Helenia)
It often feels like I'm plagiarising when I'm writing essays because with stuff like Biochemistry, there are only so many ways that you can write how something happens, and often it's how it's written in the book, even if you don't intend it to be. In exams and so on, however, obviously I won't have the books with me and won't be able to do this.
I think most science subjects have similar problems.

Especially the sciences which specialise in catagorising things: if you're trying to explain why one item has one label while another has another you're pretty much limited to using the official definitions/explainations....and where these get complicated you're limited to using very long complex definitions.

(for instance the chemical makeup/structure of clay http://www.calearthminerals.com/claytypes.htm - not exactly easy to translate into your own words)
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i dont think there is a problem with cheating, if you get away with it, its the fault of the system, not the problem for the cheater
Didn't your teacher ever tell you, cheat and the only person you are cheating is yourself..? Shame on you.
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