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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
  Term Paper help
Evening help offered to Waterloo High students
Here's an example of free help with Term Papers (along with other subjects) that is often available. Take advantage of such resources whenever you can.
 
Monday, January 24, 2005
  thedesertsun.com | Teachers go high-tech to nab student plagiarists
thedesertsun.com | Teachers go high-tech to nab student plagiarists

You shouldn't plagiarize. You will eventually get cought; this article tells about one school's policy about plagiarism, and has a handy sidebar defining it and giving examples, in case you need clarification. More help can be found here.
 
Monday, January 17, 2005
  RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!
Science News Article | Reuters.com "You will be assimilated; your distinctiveness will be added to our own!"
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
  Transcendental Crayon Ensemble
Transcendental Crayon Ensemble is playing at Windows on the Cumberland Thursday, January 27. I hope to make it this time.
 
  Dave Barry's Blog
Dave Barry's Blog
Wow.
 
  The Gateway | Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 | Volume XCIV Issue 25
The Gateway | Tuesday, 11 January, 2005 | Volume XCIV Issue 25

= Student article pointing out the advatages of an all-night computer lab on campus.
Yes, make use of all such available resources when working on your term paper. This is one of my secrets that I spell out for you in my eBook, Ten Secrets for A+ Papers.
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
  Google
Google
 
Friday, January 07, 2005
  Men Behaving Badly - CSO Magazine - January 2005
In an editorial titled Men Behaving Badlyin the January 2005 issue of CSO Magazine, the editor says that
The offense of plagiarism, which when I was in grade school was sold, persuasively, as the basest kind of intellectual dishonesty, is now practiced with an online shrug by eighth-graders shortcutting on homework...

He goes on to connect hackers, violence induced by video game immersion experiences, and a general decline in morals in our society. I think he makes a good point. If you are willing to be dishonest in the little things, you are willing to be dishonest in the big things too.
 
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
  Lexington Herald-Leader | 01/04/2005 | Colleges turn to Internet to stop online cheating
A new story in the Lexington Herald-Leader "Colleges turn to Internet to stop online cheating". More details later. Suffice it to say that one shouldn't cheat; one should instead learn to write one's own A+ Term paper.
 
Monday, January 03, 2005
  ALA's best reference sites of 2004
Via http://del.icio.us/rexblog, ALA | MARSBestRef2004. Looks like a good place to find good, free online resources, not just for term papers, but perhaps more so for essays and for personal information needs.
 
  Tallahassee Democrat | 12/13/2004 | Plagiarism is a rat in the corner of the brain

In a letter to the Tallahassee Democrat published on December 13, Jeremiah McDonnell says,
as someone who wrangles college students through a term paper each month, the matter of plagiarism does sit like a dead rat in the corner of my mind. I would love to pretend it's not there, but it is my job to point out plagiarism and pronounce, "Eeeeeww!"

He has some good points in his letter, although I think ones sources ought to be cited in essays as well as term papers, while Mr McDonnell seems to cut students a little more slack on the essays.
I agree with his central point, though:
As for giving credit where credit is due, I like to think of the student's works-cited list as a place to show gratitude.
 
Sunday, January 02, 2005
  Schools go online to identify cheaters - 11/28/04
Here's a story from Detroit about measures to prevent, not just catch, plagiarism in student academic writing. Gives tips for teacher about how to spot plagiarism.
Students should note all the pitfalls of getting papers online, whether purchased or not, rather than writing your own paper. It's just to easy to get cought, in my opinion. Not to mention you are cheating yourself out of the chance to learn how to write (and think) for yourself.
You can learn more about how to write term papers, essays, etc... here.
 
  Learn the Secrets for A+ Term Papers
"Ten Secrets for A+ Papers" is an eBook I wrote over a year ago to help students—especially college students—write better essays, term papers, and such. I am thinking about starting a new blog to go with it, a blog about academic writing. Thoughts? Email me: apluspapers AT shadygrovepublishing.com
 
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