In an age where good grades can be the difference between a highly lucrative future and consignation to a mediocre profession, cheating has become much more prevalent in the halls of American academia. From middle schools to graduate programs, cheating on homework is an endemic problem. In this essay, we will examine three ways by which persons can cheat on their homework. These methods are: plagiarism, paying for work, and reference fabrication.
Plagiarism is a practice that is as old as the printed word. Athenian school children were probably guilty of “ripping off” the works of Socrates, and recently many politicians have been caught up in bribery scandals from theses written during their time in school. Plagiarism is a relatively easy task to accomplish, particularly in an era of the internet and word processors. Persons merely have to “copy and paste,” and a homework assignment can be finished in no time at all. However, when doing this, persons should seek to vary sentence structures throughout the course of their writings, as many schools have software that can detect when work has been copied from other sources.
There are specialized online tools to help students detect and eliminate plagiarism in their works prior to submission. The most common are: Copyscape, WriteCheck, and PlagiarismDetect.com.
Another way by which persons can cheat on homework is to pay others to do it for them. This can be easily accomplished by simply searching “paper help” on a search engine like Google. Such a search will return numerous websites that offer homework services. Persons can them simply submit their assignments to one of these websites and sit back as others perform their work for them. However, this also carries with it attendant risks. For example, the quality of work done by some of these websites can be quite shoddy. In addition to this, teachers may notice if a student’s work improves remarkably overnight.
The final way of cheating which we will discuss is reference fabrication. Citing references is a large part of any academic writing and can be a very time-consuming process. Due to this, many students have started fabricating references. In doing this, they cite information as coming from a particular source when in fact it has not come from that source. This enables them to reduce their research time to a great degree. A cheating method related to reference fabrication is research fabrication. Students who are required to do statistical analyses can fabricate data to say what they want it to say. So we see how reference and research fabrication are one way of cheating on homework.
We have just examined a variety of means by which students can cheat on homework. They can plagiarize, pay others to do homework for them, or fabricate references and research. Although all of these methods provide short-term payoffs, they often carry with them long-term repercussions. Students are denied the benefits of learning gained from performing work, and they also compromise their integrity.