2. I would divide the paper into sections as dictated by the assignment: introduction, background, literature review, methodology, findings, discussion, conclusion, references. I would write a one-page introduction, which would typically begin with a broad overview of the subject. Subsequently, the introduction would essentially lay out the argument and approach for the rest of the paper with a thesis statement.
3. Often, my next step would be to jump to the conclusion section. Here, I would write another page restating the claims from the opening paragraph but generally indicating that the research above — though not yet completed — had proved my thesis.
4. More often than not, I would then choose my sources based on the first few search returns given by Google. If the assignment called for scholarly journal articles, I would use Google Scholar. If it called for books, I would use Google Books, and so on.
5. Using APA format, I’d create my reference page. Then I’d begin reading my sources, perusing each only long enough to gain a basic understanding of a principle and to find a quotable passage demonstrating said principle. I would copy and paste the passage, place it in quotes and give it a proper citation. Then I would write a page around that passage. Once I filled up a page or ran out of thoughts, I’d jump into the next source and begin writing. I would do this until all the blank sections (literature review, discussion, etc.) had been filled in.
6. I don’t recommend this last step to others. I’d submit the paper without a read-through. Editing is important. But in this context, by not editing, by leaving in the inevitable typos and spoonerisms, my work might more closely resemble that of the client.Continue reading the main story
In an attempt to answer that question, Turnitin, a company dedicated to uncovering plagiarism, looked at more than 40 million student papers. The firm concluded that the most popular website for plagiarism is the trusted source that millions of us Americans turn to to learn stuff: Wikipedia.
Interestingly enough, Turnitin said that the websites that are designed to assist cheaters by, for instance, selling papers represent only 15% of the potentially plagiarized content that the company detected.
In contrast, one third of the suspicious content that Turnitin uncovered was traced to social networks such as Facebook and question-and-answer sites where users contribute and share content.
Do Students Know They Are Cheating?There remains some question about whether cheaters actually know they are being dishonest. Students, who have grown up with the Internet and social media, are so used to sharing what they find on the Web that many won't necessarily understand that term papers and other writing assignments are supposed to be original work.
8 Top Sites for PlagiarismHere are the most popular websites for would-be cheaters:
- Yahoo! AnswersSocial & content sharing site
- Answers.com Social & content sharing site
- Slideshare Social and content sharing site
- OPPapers.comCheat site & paper mill
- ScribdSocial & content sharing site
- Course Hero Homework & academic site
- MedLibrary.org Homework & academic site
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