The Use of Technology to Combat Plagiarism in Business Communication Classes
Business Communication Quarterly Volume 74, Number 2, ISSN 1080-5699
Some have called plagiarism literary theft. Plagiarizing is akin to stealing the intellect of another person. At times, plagiarism occurs because of ignorance, sloppy authorship, or lack of knowledge about proper sourcing. Sometimes, it is done purposefully. Experts have suggested that the concept of intellectual ownership is limited to Western societies, and this may be a factor in the increase of plagiarism on college campuses today. Others have blamed technologies such as the Internet for blurring the concept of plagiarism by making it simple for students to copy and paste a phrase or a sentence onto a paper. Business communication classes are not immune to these problems since many are writing centered. Students can download entire assignments and papers from Internet sites. Whatever the case may be, a solution is necessary. The solution to discourage plagiarizing is the use of technology to detect problems that have occurred because of technology. Technological tools such as Turnitin and SafeAssign can help business communication professors detect and discourage plagiarism. In this article, the authors discuss how business communication instructors can use antiplagiarism software as a preventative tool to teach all students about acceptable writing standards in U.S. institutions of higher education. (Contains 1 table.)
Stowers, R.H. & Hummel, J.Y. (2011). The Use of Technology to Combat Plagiarism in Business Communication Classes. Business Communication Quarterly, 74(2), 164-169.