#1
What are the chances of being caught handing a paper you wrote a while back to another class? Has anyone done it? Worth the risk?
I just finished a huge paper for another class and don't feel like writing another one.
#2
That's all relative to what the paper is about.
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How's one paper work for two different classes? I'm not even sure plagiarizing yourself is against the rules.
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change it up a bit at least? how huge are we talking? realistically, i'd say the risk is really low, especially if this is for undergrad classes.
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well according to my university..its against the rules to plagiarize yourself as stupid as it sounds.
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i've done it, and yes, it's a bad idea.

i mean, i got away with it, but, you know.

if you go for it, just see to it that the professors of the two classes you're submitting the work for don't interact much.
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How's one paper work for two different classes? I'm not even sure plagiarizing yourself is against the rules.

Criminology...a majority of classes just ask you to write on any topic related to criminal justice. This one has to be 8-10 pages, not HUGE but big enough that I don't wanna do it.
I have one from my first semester back in 2010 (it sucks, so I'd have to make it better) and I have one from last semester that I know very well the teacher just skimmed through it (she said she didn't have the time to mark it in detail).
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Criminology...a majority of classes just ask you to write on any topic related to criminal justice. This one has to be 8-10 pages, not HUGE but big enough that I don't wanna do it.
I have one from my first semester back in 2010 (it sucks, so I'd have to make it better) and I have one from last semester that I know very well the teacher just skimmed through it (she said she didn't have the time to mark it in detail).



Believe me if its sucks so much you would have to re-write parts you might as well just do the whole thing over otherwise it just ends up a cluster**** of trying to write parts in and repeating yourself.


spoken from experience, I just re-wrote it after wasting 2 hours trying to fix the old one
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Well I assume if they do some anti-plagiarism check like Turnitin.com you'd be screwed.

I just find it hard that they'd scan 30 essays per class (2-3 classes per semester) into a computer just to check if it's been done before.
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I'd say you just do the assignment. It may seem inconsequential now, but by doing these essays you develop your thinking and you get better at writing. If you're going to cheat then why be in university?
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I'd say you just do the assignment. It may seem inconsequential now, but by doing these essays you develop your thinking and you get better at writing. If you're going to cheat then why be in university?

I pay for professionals to teach me a certain subject, I don't enjoy paying to do the work and learn it myself. I know it's part of the university life to write papers, but it just gets repetitive writing about the same topics (criminology).
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Well I assume if they do some anti-plagiarism check like Turnitin.com you'd be screwed.



This. I know some people that have done it and have got caught and been screwed over.

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I just find it hard that they'd scan 30 essays per class (2-3 classes per semester) into a computer just to check if it's been done before.



Are you kidding me? Of course they do. In fact at my university you have to turn in an electronic copy that goes through turnitin automatically as well as a hard copy.
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#16
Surely there is more than one thing to write about in the field on criminology.

What are you expecting out of a career? To do something different every week?
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Chances are no one would notice, but you could get into trouble if they did.(Invalid img)
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What are the chances of being caught handing a paper you wrote a while back to another class? Has anyone done it? Worth the risk?
I just finished a huge paper for another class and don't feel like writing another one.

Don't do it. If you're at a legit university, they'll put the paper into their system and scan it against other entries.

Have a little integrity mate and write the paper.
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#19
I personally don't see anything wrong with it. You wrote it the first time, so it's your work already. The thing I don't understand is how the same exact paper would work for 2 different classes. Surely the essay topic is at least a little different? If it's different at all, then I would say just re-write it because it may seem like you're off point in your arguments.
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Quote by .Joker.
I pay for professionals to teach me a certain subject, I don't enjoy paying to do the work and learn it myself. I know it's part of the university life to write papers, but it just gets repetitive writing about the same topics (criminology).

Well in my personal experience, the best way to learn something is to invest effort researching it yourself. In the problem sets I do for my studies, I develop a much stronger grasp than I ever could from the lectures alone. The reason for that is that it's really easy to follow what somebody is telling you and much more difficult to apply or even rephrase it, possibly in a different (broader) context. You will likely learn a good bit if you choose a new topic. And 8-10 pages really isn't bad at all. Good luck!



(I also think it's quite whiney to complain about one 8-10 page paper and to feel entitled to have your teachers do your work for you, they probably have better things to do )
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#21
Dont be a pussy. Do it.


I wrote a long ass thesis for my psychology class once and then recycled it and used it for my English class the very next semester. No way TO find out and no one cares. Otherwise, have fun writing another paper. Take the lazy way out
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I pay for professionals to teach me a certain subject, I don't enjoy paying to do the work and learn it myself. I know it's part of the university life to write papers, but it just gets repetitive writing about the same topics (criminology).

University is not there for the teaching staff to hold your hand right the way through to your degree.
One of the reasons having a degree was always seen as a great thing for your employment prospects was that it demonstrated that you were capable of working on your own; thinking critically about subjects anmd making your own damn mind up.

As someone else said, grow a little integrity, and write the ****ing thing from scratch.
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University is not there for the teaching staff to hold your hand right the way through to your degree.
One of the reasons having a degree was always seen as a great thing for your employment prospects was that it demonstrated that you were capable of working on your own; thinking critically about subjects anmd making your own damn mind up.

As someone else said, grow a little integrity, and write the ****ing thing from scratch.


Absolutely. I don't know about other universities, but if you only ever used what was taught in lectures, you got no higher than a 2:2. The whole point of university is to become well read in a subject. If it means repeating yourself, then it means repeating yourself- the knowledge actually gets reinforced in the process. Hell, if you really want to do well, you'll revisit your old essay pieces anyways, because you may well need that information in your final year exams. Again, understanding why you got a certain mark and figuring out how to improve it is fantastic work ethic.