Student plagiarism: a bothersome and time-consuming bane for teachers.
So you have your suspicions that a student has plagiarized their work, whether that be in its entirety or just a fraction. What do you do? You're afflicted by inconclusive evidence. Do you confront the student and risk your student-teacher relationship based on your presumptions alone? Or do you regrettably dismiss the possibility?
Internet access has made stealing another person's work just a google away. Nowadays the temptation of plagiarizing is prevalent among students. They think, why write my own paper when I can just cut and paste off the Internet, throw a few smatterings of my own in, and pass it off as my own creation? Besides, how will my teachers ever find out?
Well, now they can. The Internet offers a shrewd counterblow to the plagiarism outbreak with a multitude of online plagiarism tools. Truly, a student's worst nightmare alongside 8:00 am lectures.
Below are some plagiarism tools – both free of charge and moreover, simple to use. To ensure a more confident result, I suggest using more than one:
Plagiarism Detect – Just paste the text in the provided box or upload the document. You are given the option of either light or deep analysis. Registration required: Yes.
DupliChecker – Simple in operation. Just paste the extract into the box and search Google, Yahoo or MSN for copied content.
CopyScape – Allows users to detect online plagiarism.
Doc Cop – This plagiarism detector is web-based, meaning the searches operate online and require no additional software. Registration required: Yes.
Plagiarism Resource Site – You can download WcopyFind – a free detector. It compares the content of downloaded documents with each other. However, it cannot compare documents to online content.
Plagiarism Checker – Detects online plagiarism doing a text search, website checks, using Google alerts to notify users if the text shows up anywhere else on the Internet.
SeeSources – Aimed at educators, this online tool detects plagiarism by pasting text, HTML uploading, and an analysis of Word or text documents. Registration required: No.
Article Checker – Detects plagiarism using website addresses and pasted text.
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