I need your help. I have students turning in term papers this week and have already caught one turning in a paper that was blatant plagiarism. She eventually fessed up to it, but I had hoped announcing the fact that I had discovered one case and failed the student would stop anyone else from trying to do the same.
Then I got another paper today.
Here is a part of the paper that was turned in, with no references to any other work:
“As cited in one source, one of the more infamous examples that show the dangers of animal testing is the Thalidomide tragedy of the 1960’s and 1970. Thalidomide, after testing well on animal subjects, was marketed as a sedative for pregnant or breast-feeding women that caused no harm to mother or child. Although it had passed animal testing, at least 10,000 children were born with severe deformities because their mother had taken Thalidomide. Another example of a drug that was proven safe for animals, but had an opposite effect on humans is Clioquinol. Clioquinol, originating in Japan in 1970’s was marketed has harmless relief to diarrhea. This was not the case. In addition to not working in humans, what it set out to provide relief from, it caused. As a result, there were 30,000 cases of blindness and thousands of deaths occurred. “
A quick Google search turned up the following report on the Internet:
“The most famous example of the dangers of animal testing is the Thalidomide tragedy in the 1960s and 1970s. Thalidomide, which came out on the market late in the 1950s in Germany, had previously been safety tested on thousands of animals. It was marketed as a wonderful sedative for pregnant or breast feeding mothers and it supposedly caused no harm to either mother or child. Despite this “safety testing”, at least 10,000 children whose mothers had taken Thalidomide were born throughout the world with severe deformities.
Clioquinol is another example of a drug that was safety tested in animals and had a severely negative impact on humans. This drug, manufactured in Japan in the 1970s, was marketed as providing safe relief from diarrhea. Not only did Clioquinol not work for humans, it actually caused diarrhea. As a result of Clioquinol being administered to the public, some 30,000 cases of blindness and/or paralysis and thousands of deaths occurred.”
Is it my imagination (being gun-shy after the other blatant attempt at plagiarism) or is the paper totally ripped off from this article? I mean, seriously, would someone have been able to pull those two paragraphs out of their hat, using the same statistics and the same examples?
So my question is:
Fail them for the course for plagiarism? Is there any doubt whatsoever?