Plagiarism Prevention: Sites and Citing Sources for Detection and Prevention
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The following sites offer tips on learning how to detect plagiarism, as well as information on cheat sites and advice on Web site evaluation. If you have original content online, you'll also learn how to discover if someone is copying your material.
- If a student has copied text from a Web site, the easiest way to prove it is to search for the suspicious bit of text using a search engine. To do this, put the text in quotes: "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." (This one is actually from Henry Ford.)
- Many of the free plagiarism-detection services only search the documents or Web pages that you specify. In general, the plagiarism-detection software that searches the entire Internet for copied information must be purchased.
- If you think you've received work that has been copied, or if a detection service alerts you to this possibility, be sure to confirm that the attribution is actually missing (sometimes plagiarism-detection software won't be able to tell the difference). Also check to make sure that the work in question isn't, in fact, another copy of the person's work from a personal or school Web site.
Copyscape is a useful tool for publishers of web content and for instructors. This site helps you find copies of Web content . Enter your URL (or the URL of an online piece of student work) into Copyscape and it searches the Web for copies of the page. Remember, Copyscape can find duplicates of pages, it is up to you to determine which version is the original work and which version is copied.