Each semester, one UT chemistry lecturer has at least 50 students in his or her classes who are unknowingly guilty of cheating when they use old information gleaned from online sources to answer exam, textbook or homework questions.
Chemistry lecturer Conrad Fjetland said most of these students -- who use Web sites like CourseHero.com, a "social learning network" -- do not understand that using these materials is considered plagiarism. Course Hero and similar sites provide students with specific course information compiled from real classes and assignments. Its Facebook page currently has 265,415 fans.
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