Strategies: OK, so why do students plagiarize?
of the most common reasons students plagiarize is because they
feel overwhelmed. It's difficult to juggle the demands of
several classes and have a social life. Many students also experience
tremendous anxiety about writing assignments and research projects.
by Sarah Malavasic '02
Students engage in plagiarism for a number of other reasons as
well, including: fear of asking for help with assignments, difficulty
in finding and analyzing research materials, belief that unfair
or unsympathetic treatment from a professor justifies cheating,
or they get trapped into searching for the "one right answer."
Unfortunately, a small number of students plagiarize out of laziness
or surrender to the mistaken notion that "buying" a paper
is not any different than paying for an education. However, plagiarism
is never justified. (4)
Experience brings an understanding
of how to break writing and research projects into manageable pieces.
Seasoned writers are often more relaxed simply because they know
how to plan their work. They have learned from past mistakes and
recognize that writing is a process. Learning how to plan your research
and writing assignments reduces a lot of the pressure that can foster
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