Plagiarism Problems

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Tallahassee Community College is tackling a problem that ails campuses nationwide: plagiarism.

Studies show around 47 percent of papers turned in have, in part, been copied from someone else's work. Thursday, a seminar was held on TCC’s campus to explain to students exactly what plagiarism is and how to avoid jeopardizing your grade.

TCC writing center coordinator Alison Iglehart says, "Even though we have a lot of people we see in student papers, most of it is not intentional. They don't know how, when, where to document it."

With technology, Iglehart says it is becoming easier for students to cheat, but at the same time it's also simpler for faculty to detect plagiarism through computer programs.