As the free and easy exchange of information online has transformed concepts of intellectual property, copyright, and originality, students’ notion of what constitutes plagiarism has changed as well, reports the New York Times. At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness—and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information. And at the University of Maryland, a student reprimanded for copying from Wikipedia in a paper on the Great Depression said he thought its entries—unsigned and collectively written—did...
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