In spite of the fact that we’re doing a unit on history writing in my class, I’ve noticed a distinct uptick in the number of plagiarized assignments on the class wiki this week.
Like, all but one of them. Most of them were cribbed directly from Wikipedia.
Except, of course, that something even weirder than that is happening. The students are plagiarizing from numerous websites, apparently. It’s just that the websites they’re plagiarizing are themselves plagiarizing from Wikipedia.
It’s like the text of Wikipedia has become the defacto standard boilerplate text for whatever historical subject you want to write about or discuss on your website.
Anyone else noticed this sort of thing? When did it happen?