I started writing this because it’s almost marking season, and with the shift to online teaching and assessment there is a big focus on preventing and identifying plagiarism. It’s a sector wide issue, not particular to where I teach. And getting up early and seeing the dVerse prompt MTB: To turn again, about turn again. with the instruction to use epiphora (end of line repeats), and examples from Eliot, I thought it must be time to post it. So, with a nod to Macavity (Eliot, 1939):
Integrity, Integrity, there’s nothing like integrity,
it keeps you well within the law, and does it with sincerity,
but it’s power to inspire trust has gone and here instead
is a scene of academic crime – Integrity is dead!
Do not presume the authorship of anything you’ve read,
for Turnitin is telling you – Integrity is dead!
Although a bit more work, of course,
it’s not that hard to cite the source,
of the information you have used,
and the articles you have perused.
Harvard, APA, anything instead,
of making your prof cry: Integrity is dead!
Integrity, Integrity, there’s nothing like Integrity
(please pardon my intensity )
for it really is a source of sorrow,
that when I start to grade tomorrow,
and take up my red marking pen,
I’ll find plagiarism there again!
And that’s because, as I’ve said,
Although it breaks my heart – Integrity is dead!
Eliot, T.S. (1939) Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Faber and Faber, London.