Seems lately I only get major PITA's for online course professors. I've got sociology and western philosophy online this quarter. Now Mr. Philosophy wants all homework turned in with the expressed rule of not pleagerizing (sp) the book. This includes definitions. Uh, ok. I get it for the essay questions we're required to answer. I mean, the point is that we're supposed to be showing him we understand it, not just looked it up. But doing that with definitions is a bit tougher. Sort of diffucult to put definitions into your own words when you've never even heard of it before. Honestly, turned out the same way for the darn essays. I did alright for some, but there were two that were talking about this circular type logic stuff and I could just ever so barely make sense of what the book said let alone come up with my own words for it. Mrs.Sociology is the same way. Now to me, this is going just a wee bit overboard in the whole pleagerizing theme. I mean, you're supposed to be getting your information from the darn book. It's the source of info they gave to you for this purpose. I understand the whole, please use your own words, thing. Honestly I do. And normally I agree with it. Cuz you can sit down with any book and never read a word of it and answer questions straight from the assignment. I do it all the time unless I'm having touble in something. Gives me more time for other homework/study. But stating that taking info from the book and using it as answers for your homework is pleagerizing.......... and that all penalties apply. Well, to me, you've just gone too far. Ok. Count points off for the student not using their own words. But we can get kicked out of school for pleagerizing. So, I've been sitting here doing my homework like mad tonight. We have an ice storm on the way......and usually that means no internet/no phone. (I have a wire outside that gets wet and phhhttt) So I'm determined to get it in so I don't risk having to turn it in late. It took 8 hours!!! Not because it so necessarily hard, but most of that time I was trying to think of how to reword everything I'd read. ugh!!! Philosphy book made this tougher as while explaining certain things it must have re-worded them 3-5 times. I started feeling like I was chasing my own tail. Ok. All done. Please someone tell me this isn't just me........But are they getting a bit anal about this?