How to Beat Online Plagiarism

1462 WordsJul 8, 20186 Pages
How to Beat Online Plagiarism Plagiarism is best described as copying someone else's work and putting your name on it without giving the original author any credit for his or her work. It is a problem that has existed in academia for centuries, since the creation of text documents. Original methods of plagiarism were limited, however, to copying by hand the work of another person from sources found in libraries and other books and magazines. This form of plagiarism, while it still existed was not simple to perform in that the student would continue to be forced to find and read text that was relevant to his or her project. This process has changed within the 1990's as a result of the Internet. Students may now find countless articles…show more content…
Identifying plagiarism in today's times may not be an easy task to the untrained eye, as cutting and pasting from internet sites is as simple as two clicks on the mouse. Luckily, there are resources available to spot plagiarism in documents and note the source(s) where the information was obtained. This makes it very easy for teachers catch students in the act and deal with the problem before it gets too serious. These resources are again located online, with one of the best ones appearing at www.turnitin.com. Turnitin.com is a web-site devoted to identifying plagiarized works handed in by students to teachers. Teachers, or learning institutes, apply for a membership at this site, and membership prices vary according to the number of documents a member submits in a month's time or the number of teachers who are going to be using this membership. There is also a free trial option, which this author decided to take advantage of, to determine the accuracy of this service. The document submission process is actually quite simple. Upon receiving a user name and password, the user may access his or her account at any time. Teachers who wish to check documents submitted by students believed to be plagiarizing can do so by selecting the "Submit New Document" option. Teachers who receive hard copies of student's work would have to then scan the
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