Friday, January 8, 2010

The Ultimate Plagiarism Resource?

This comprehensive resource will tell you everything you need to know about plagiarism, from the basic facts to free detection tools to preventing it in both the physical and online classroom.

Since I am kind of a tool man, I will splash or replicate (is it plagiarism? No, I gave warning first!) the free plagiarism detection tools here:

Strongly Recommended:
  • Viper
    The Anti-Plagiarism Scanner. Although it's free, Viper is software, so it's a bit more of a commitment than Web-based tools. However, it has some neat features, such as side-by-side comparisons of the submitted text with the potentially plagiarized one. Viper touts itself as the free alternative to TurnItIn.

  • Plagium
    Like The Plagiarism Checker, this site Googles text you submit. Unlike most other checkers, Plagium works in several languages.

  • Google & Google Scholar
    If a sentence strikes you as odd, put it in quotation marks and run a Google search on it. If the student cut and pasted the phrase, it will show up on Google. And as more books are uploaded onto Google Books, Google Scholar and Google Books will become increasingly powerful weapons against plagiarism.
Other Alternatives:
  • The Plagiarism Checker
    The Plagiarism Checker allows you to run a Google search on large blocks of text. This is easier than cutting and pasting sentence after sentence.

  • Articlechecker
    Works the same as Plagiarism Checker, but gives you the option of checking against Yahoo as well as Google.

  • PlagiarismDetect
    A plagiarism detector that allows you to upload whole documents rather than cutting and pasting blocks of text. It's free, but you have to register.

  • Duplichecker
    Another checker that plugs submitted text into search engines. Duplichecker's interface makes it easy to submit entire documents as well as excerpts.

  • SeeSources
    Searches the Web for sources similar to the text you entered. You can scan both excerpts and whole documents.

  • DOC Cop
    Doc Cop offers a few features more than the minimal Web-based detection services. For instance, you can check for collusion—that is, you can check the similarity between two papers. However, you do have to register.

  • WCopyFind
    WCopyFind is a downloadable scanner that checks for similarities between two papers, but it can't search the Web.

  • SafeAssign/MyDropBox
    This is free if you're already using a Blackboard Learning System. As students submit papers to Blackboard, SafeAssign checks their papers against its database of source material.

  • PAIRwise
    PAIRwise (Paper Authorship Integrity Research) can compare documents to one another while searching the internet for similar documents. However, PAIRwise is intended for use on an institutional level—for departmental or college-wide servers.

As for tips for addressing and discouraging plagiarism (including examples), check out the resource above (or just click here!). If plagiarism really bothers you, then this resource should surely come in handy.

So, is this resource above the ultimate plagiarism resource? No clue! Though, if it is not, please prove it wrong (in the comments section) :)

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