ERIC Number: EJ842898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Reference Count: N/A
Fighting Fire with Fire
Briggs, Linda L.
Campus Technology, v20 n9 p28, 30, 40 May 2007
Using the material of others without permission or attribution has always tempted students, but the internet has fed the flames by making an unlimited amount of content easily available for copying. While there are various approaches that instructors can take to combat illegal copying, studies show that when students are aware that anti-plagiarism software is in use, plagiarism plummets. The author discusses some plagiarism prevention tools that can be used by instructors to detect plagiarism on campus. An anti-plagiarism product popular with educators is Turnitin ("Turn it in"), a subscription service from iParadigms (www.turnitin.com). The suite of tools includes plagiarism prevention, online grading, and peer review. Turnitin, which uses its own search engine and archived materials for searches, maintains an archive of internet content that goes back years, so papers that may no longer exist on the internet remain in the company's database. It also maintains a database containing every student paper ever submitted, along with databases of commercial work such as books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Prevention, Search Engines, Databases, Internet, Computer Software, Writing (Composition), College Students, Universities
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky