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I just discussed this with a friend's son who is doing his masters work in
the area of nursing. His last major research paper had to be all from peer
reviewed journals and students had been warned to cite all information used
from sources as anyone submitting a paper that incorrectly used others work
w/out proper citation would not pass. They had not been told until they got
their grades back, that the professor was running their papers through one
of the plagiarism matching sites and anyone with who had more than 5% of
"matching information/language" that was borrowed but not correctly cited
did not pass.

Since I teach at the elementary level, I'm not sure where anyone would come
up with that measure of 5% being the acceptable level for a students level
of matching language (coincidentally match a sources), but it would seem
you'd have to give some leeway for that to happen.

Debbie Becker, LMS
North Broad Street Elementary
Oneida, NY 

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