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Vol.83, No. 153
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tlis end ct a lss3 diz&b end t&e belsmisg off ¬&r. H:!a U!JL stcdent reached the peak last ewssmer in t&e Grand Tetons in Wjumins as part of a
reel; clSntes coarse Ecisissred tsgr csripra; recrestlcsL . Ciirsti3 sad ether simraer recreation pcss'tillii3 are detailed on pass 12.
Mail' order researcH:"&pers:
Buying more than, just a grade
By DONNA SISSON '
"Save time and improve your grades," say the
advertisements for term-paper assistance corpora
tions, which give students a chance to buy term
papers if they dent have the time, knowledge or
energy to do the paper themselves.
Research Assistance Inc., a term-paper house in
Los Angeles, offers "15,270 quality research papers
to choose from." In order to determine exactly what
the paper will include, the companies offer a catalog
for $2 that lists and describes each paper. The
entries read like this:
G702 Marx and Durkheim. Examines the com
parative and contrasting elements of Marx's con
cept of alienation and Durkheim's theory of anomie.
0 footnotes, 8 bibliographies, 11 pages.
. 7434 Air Pollution. Worldwide impact. Health
hazards; causes, threat to animals and plants; melt
tag of polar ice caps; ozone layer danger, need for
international solutions. 13 footnotes, 9 bibliogra
phies, 8 pags3. .
Ecch paper costs 15 per page, plus postage, said
an cp; niter at the Research Assistance informa-
Ordering a term paper may be one way to avoid
the anxiety of wrapping up the semester. But h thi3
ethical? Can students get away with it?
The university administration doesn't condone
fcuying terra papers because it i? E!eg.ll aad unethi
cal, said Delores Slnipsoa-IiirUand, assistant to the
dean of students. However, in her four years at UNL,
Ciapson-KirMand said, she . hasnt heard of any
prctlems with papers that were bought from a
.term-paper, supply house.
David Forsythe, a UNL professor of political
science, said he knew of one case where a paper
appeared to have been purchased and the student
received an automatic F. If students knew how easy
it is to spot these papers, he said, they wouldn't buy
Usually, purchased term papers are handed in by
a student who is having difficulty, Forsythe said.
When a paper with perfect grammar and style and
excellent documentation is turned in, he said, it
stands out like a red flag. Often, the papers use
sources unavailable at UNL's libraries, he said.
One way to recognize professionally done papers
is by the topic, said Virginia Book, associate profes
sor of agricultural communication. Some topics are
used over and over. Sometimes the papers dent fit
into the style formats required by the course.
Book, who teaches a course in written communi
cation, said the major problem comes from students
who use papers from people who have taken the
class before. In order to combat this, she said, she
works closely with students through the rough
draft process and she tries to change the topics each
. . Often, ever, if a student doesnt get caught buying
a paper, it doesn't help him much because the pap?
era seldom are worth an A and they are thrown
together by people who have never been in the
course, said James Klurapp, chairman and asso
ciate professor of speech communication. Also, the
places selling the term papers don't care about stu
dents' grades, he said. '
Students are sap-posed to do their own work, and
baying a terra paper would be a case of academic
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Social security's future is analyzed by a
UNL economics professor and two social
security officials Page 2
A special summer in the city section
details recreation and entertainment possi
bilities in Lincoln this summer ..... Pags 11
Some of the deadlines students will be
facing this summer and spring Pcc2 8
Ward W. friplett 111 analyzes and sum
marizes some of the movies in town now,
and some to come Pt 15
The year in spoils Paja 19
Attorney General Paul Douglas is
acquitted by tho Nebraska Supremo Court
!j Arts and Entertainment 15
!j Classified ;. . 21
jj Crossword 22
! Sports "... 13
j Summer in thu City 11
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