The folks at Plagiarism Today published an insightful article on the impact of 21st century technologies and the rise of academic plagiarism. The easy answer of ‘kids these days’ doesn’t account for the exponential rise in the last 25 years, it seems. Studies show attitudes about cheating haven’t changed all that much over the years. The bottom line is it’s just easier to plagiarise in a “search engine-copy-and-paste-wikipedia” world. Thankfully, it’s also easier to detect with the right tools.
What’s the best way to avoid plagiarism altogether? Instilling integrity. A little goes a long way and serves as one of the essential building blocks of a successful, competent and respected lawyer; one that represents him or herself, the client and the profession exceedingly well. Just because.