This month we spoke to an undergraduate at SUNY College Empire State in New York. She told us an inspiring story about how she educated herself about citations and to understand how to cite research elements within the paper through WriteCheck.com's paper checking service and other resources.
Hear how applying this knowledge has produced incredible results in this short video.
Featuring: Zipora Frank, undergraduate at SUNY College Empire state pursuing a psychology degree.
Watch the video (2:15 minutes):
First-Generation English-as-a-Second-Language Student Learns about Citations from WriteCheck
Balibalos: To begin, could you state your full name, what your area of study is, your institution and the degree you’re pursuing.
Frank: My name is Zipora Frank and I’m out of SUNY College Empire State and I’m doing a bachelor’s in Psychology.
Balibalos: What drew you to WriteCheck?
Frank: My instructor told us that he’s going to put everything through Turnitin and our papers are not allowed to have 25% to 30% similarity. So, that got me nervous because I know that I like to use quotes a lot in my papers. So I checked out Turnitin and I found the sister site, WriteCheck and I (found that I) really like it. I count on it for peace of mind and when I finish writing my paper, I check it. When I’m confident with it, that’s when I check for plagiarism and just for peace of mind really.
Balibalos: Could you talk a little bit more about that? Has it improved your citation practices?
Frank: I’m basically on my own and I’m a first generation college student. I didn’t go to high school here in America and I had no clue about anything like citations and the different styles APA and MLA. I had to teach myself everything and with WriteCheck, it really helped me to understand clearly how to cite it (the paper) and even how to quote an in-text quotation. It was really helpful.
Balibalos: Personally for you, how big of a problem do you think plagiarism is and why? (1:30)
Frank: I think it’s bad. People think they can just switch words and use it as their own ideas and I think it is also bad for the student because even though they get the good grade, in the long-run they miss out on the learning experience.
Balibalos: Why do you think it is so important to write in your own words?
Frank: For me, the learning is not just the degree, it’s something that I really want. No one forced me to do it. I don’t have to do it. But I know that I want to learn and I want to have the information. I want to be educated. I think that’s where the (problem of) college plagiarism is because you’re not really doing the learning. You’re not really enjoying it and doing it for yourself. You’re just doing it to pass the test or the essay.