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PostSubject: Help sites, cheating or not?   Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:54 am

Do you consider sites like Sparknotes cheating? What about the new Amazon book reviews that examine writing style for you?

I think, when used to back up what you already know or to explain something you don't understand, they're fine when used in moderation. But I hate it when I know people use them instead of reading the book. I think they should be help, not a personal homework-doer.
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PostSubject: Re: Help sites, cheating or not?   Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:57 am

If you skip reading the book and only use Sparknotes, it's cheating. However, if you read the book but have difficulty understanding some parts and choose to consult Sparknotes, I have no issue with that at all. How else is a person supposed to understand otherwise? They put in the effort, now they're just getting help with it.

I haven't heard about the Amazon book reviews until now, but my opinion remains close to what I said above. If you examine the writing style yourself but need a boost, feel free to check these out.
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