The Perils of Copy And Paste


If you're headed to college for the first time this fall, one challenge you'll face is the amount of original writing you'll be assigned in your classes. Liberal arts majors, in particular, find that many of their professors require multiple papers across the term or semester. Some are short two-to-three pagers; others may be in the 10-to-15-page region. That's a lot of copy to write.

With an entire world of information at your fingertips via the internet, the temptation to use someone else's words as your own can be very strong. You might say to yourself, “With all the papers professors and their teaching assistants have to read, who would take the time to check all these for plagiarism?" You may be surprised.

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