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Academic honesty is a characteristic which students should possess: To be the creator and producer of original academic work. Period.

When you go through the research and process of writing, the findings you get are accurate, relevant, and true. When other hands get on your work, when you get someone else...

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Academic honesty is a characteristic which students should possess: To be the creator and producer of original academic work. Period.

When you go through the research and process of writing, the findings you get are accurate, relevant, and true. When other hands get on your work, when you get someone else to write for you, or when you copy other person's work, the voice in the academic product changes completely, the uniformity of the information becomes threatened and, what is worse, the credibility of the author could endanger their reputation forever.

The best way to avoif plagiarism is to have a game plan in place, with outlined information drawn from true sources and put into work in several different categories. With verified and true sources plagiarism has no place.

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I think that it is really challenging to eliminate all plagiarism.  One way that teachers can assist in this process is to emphasize the writing process to students that encourages frequent checkpoints in the assessing of student work.  For example if a student is assigned a paper to be completed in two weeks, creating intermittent checkpoints where teachers can examine student work formally or informally, through conference or submission of work, might allow a chance for students and teachers to partake in the process of writing.  Additionally, the more teachers examine student work, a clearer notion of students' writing voice emerges, making it easier to spot and call students on plagiarism.  This also helps to make clear to students that academic honesty is the only path to pursue towards scholarship because their teachers are mindful of it.

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Academic honesty is a very interesting concept and one that means different things to different people.  On a basic level, making sure to attribute ideas or quotes to the right people when used, or making sure to acknowledge help you received, resources you consulted, etc., in other areas of work helps to make someone honest.  Not taking credit for other people's work is a great way to be sure not to commit plagiarism, etc.

One of the ways that I think plagiarism can be avoided is to be sure that assignments and other writing exercises are open so that the student can choose something they want to write about.  In my experience, students that choose to cheat generally do so out of a lack of time or interest in the subject or topic assigned, not out of a blatant disregard for rules or with actual evil intent.

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