[caption id="attachment_121310" align="alignleft" width="215"] Patchwriting rearranges words and phrases, substitutes synonyms, or deletes a word from the sentence.[/caption]

Most teachers will tell you that when assigned a research paper, students enter a few keywords into a Google search, download some relevant webpages, cut and paste passages into a new document, add a few transitions, and turn it in.  Starting at an early age, they master information retrieval, not knowledge formation, because the material passes from the website to the plagiarized paper without it finding residence in the student’s mind.

With increasing use of online...

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