+ What is Plagiarism? A Resource Site

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From the site “Guide to Online Schools,” here is a link they call “The Ultimate Plagiarism Resource” for detecting and preventing plagiarism.


It appears to be comprehensive, offering basic facts as well as free detection tools so you can prevent plagiarism in your classrooms or online.

You will find quick facts, definitions of plagiarism, free tools for detecting plagiarism, examples, tutorials, tips for discouraging plagiarism, and more.

The definition given at the site is this: 

Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s work (including ideas, writing, conversation, song, and words) as your own.  When using another person’s work, even when paraphrasing, you must acknowledge it fully and appropriately, unless the information is common knowledge.  Proper acknowledgement requires citing sources.

The site links to UC Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Michigan, Trinity College Dublin, Indiana University Bloomington, as well as the University of Melbourne, for each of their definitions.

Here are some of their “Quick Facts” (see the site for their sources):

  • 80%  of college students admit to cheating at least once
  • 52% of 1800 students at nine state universities had copied several sentences from a website without citation
  • more than two-thirds of 2100 students from 21 campuses copied or plagiarized work done by other students, according to the Center for Academic Integrity 
  • 15% of high school students admit to obtaining a paper from a term paper mill or website (Plagiarism.org) 
  • 50% of high school students surveyed by Rutgers University see nothing wrong with cheating
  • 90% of students believe that cheaters are either never caught or have never been appropriately disciplined

Among the free tools for detecting plagiarism the site links to Google and Google Scholar, The Plagiarism Checker, Articlechecker, Plagium, PlagiarismDetect, Duplichecker, SeeSources, DOC Cop, WCopyFind, Viper, SafeAssign/MyDropBox, and PAIRwise.

source: Nathan Grimm SR Education Group, nathan@sreducationgroup.com

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