or sloppy editing? I canâ€™t tell the difference when whole sentences, paragraphs, even pages, are cited, but not shown to be quotations. Because of this I have three students who received 0s on these papers. They said where they got the information, but they didnâ€™t say the information they were giving me was in the exact same words in the source.
I wish that there was some way to give them another chance to get this right, besides the rewrite, which everyone gets. Because, really, 0 plus 85 is going to be an F, you know.
But they were plagiarizing. I did make clear what that entailed, or I thought I did.
They had plenty of time for this paper, if they didnâ€™t wait till the last minute. It is my feeling, though, that they did wait till the last minute. It is possible that this waiting meant they werenâ€™t careful. Maybe they didnâ€™t intend to plagiarize. But they did. So 0s.
The good news is that my second class Iâ€™ve graded five papers and only one was plagiarized. Isnâ€™t that sad? Iâ€™m excited because only one was plagiarized.
I only had one student plagiarize on the first paper. I wonder if I missed other plagiarisms? I hope not. But I did see a paragraph I recognized from a studentâ€™s first paper while checking others and I donâ€™t recall whether or not he quoted it. I certainly hope so, since I didnâ€™t catch it in the first paper.
I am appalled.