Internet plagiarism rampant at Oxford

Published on Mar 20, 2006 06:20 PM IST

Last year only 10 cases of "reckless" plagiarism were detected at Oxford, reports Vijay Dutt.

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The rule is that any student who uses or lifts parts from any article or answers to questions from the Internet while submitting their work for marking will be given zero marks.

The only exception allowed is when a para or quotation is credited to the people from whose work it has been lifted.

Many students at several universities still indulge in the Internet plagiarism. But no one expected that it would be rife among both undergraduates and postgraduates at Oxford.

Last year only 10 cases of "reckless" plagiarism were detected at Oxford but the proctor said, "the incidence exceeds the observed events" by a considerable margin.

He admitted that the number of student copying other people's work without acknowledgement threatened the worth of an Oxford degree. He said the problem had become so acute that all students could be required to sign an affidavit for each piece of work they submitted. He accepted that such an affidavit could not be much of a deterrent.

Most professors blame the practice to the habit of the present generation of the young to Internet surfing, which is encouraged and approved by all concerned.

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