The term plagiarism can make or break your work/academic career. You do not want to ever have the tag plagiarism attached to your name as it forever puts the stigma on anything associated with you. Plagiarism is when you either accidentally or purposefully copy someone else’s work and put your name on it. This is a serious offense especially in college (Hedgepath, 2015). Technology has given exacerbated plagiarism as it gives us access to innumerable files on any subject (Pappas, 2015).
There are a number of tools that can be used to detect plagiarism but successful detection and execution of policies will increase the compliance with “academic integrity standards” (Jocoy and DiBiase, 2006). Below are some tools that can be used to detect plagiarism:
|DupliChecker||It’s free, easy to use, many options for checking the content||If not registered user can only do 1 search/day||Not available|
|CopyLeaks||Entire website scan, finds duplication in more than 60 trillion pages on Internet, supports multiple file formats regardless of language||Only for content online, have to create an account to use||Not available
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|PaperRater||Offers grammar checker, plagiarism detector, and writing suggestions; maintained by linguistics pros; provides readability stats and validates titles||Cannot save plagiarism reports||Yes – Accepts longer documents; processes faster; no ads; can upload documents|
|Plagiarisma||Free download for Windows; supports more than 190 languages; searches websites from a URL||For exact matches only; cannot scan more than 3 documents/day||Unlimited checker with task scheduler with paid version|
|PlagiarismChecker||Free; easy; detailed instructions; great for educators; allows authors to check if work has been plagiarized; does not require download||Searches phrases separately – have to hit “Enter” at the end of every phrase||Not available|
|Plagium||Easy to use; scans as many as 5,000 words each time; good for quick search on web||Limited free features;||Anywhere from $0.004 to $0.08 for every 1,000 characters|
|PlagScan||Continuous progress updates; does not require download||Limited scan (1,000); complicated interface||Different plans available|
|PlagTracker||Quick to scan 20 million + academic works; clear instructions on use; provides a report with details||Not 100% accurate||Yes – checks larger database; grammar check|
|Quetext||Free; easy to use; unlimited usage without an account or download||Can only copy and paste text||Not available|
|Viper||Free; scans more than 10 billion resources; offers side-by-side comparisons; scans against works on your computer||Requires download; available for Microsoft Windows only||Not available|
Pappas (2014) points out there are many advantages to using plagiarism checkers such as:
- Ability to search multiple databases – can identify cases of plagiarism and take appropriate action
- Plagiarism software is an irreplaceable education aid – can use it as a teaching opportunity to show proper citation of references
- Provides learners a chance to get more from experience – have to obtain and synthesize information to complete assignments and helps learners develop morals and ethics.
- Deters plagiarizing – learners are less likely to even try to copy another’s work if they know plagiarism software is being used
- Make sure course content is not plagiarized – run course content through plagiarism software before implementation in order to maintain credibility.
There are additional steps that can be taken to deter plagiarism. By establishing these as well as utilizing plagiarism detecting programs, you can minimize instances of plagiarism in the distance learning environment. Additional steps include but are not limited to:
- Establishing a clear and detailed plagiarism policy and ensure learners know you use a plagiarism checker.
- Identify the consequences of plagiarism early on so they will really think before copying as well as teaching them how to correctly cite works.
- Determine when to use plagiarism checking programs by knowing your learners and identifying when language used is not indicative of their normal pattern.
Yet another way to deter plagiarism is by using assessments (Caberra, 2013). You can:
- Choose your assessment methods – choose the appropriate assessment method for the different levels of student learning.
- Ask objective and subjective questions – more difficult to share answers
- Utilize question pools – questions will be randomized to discourage cheating
- Randomize the test questions selected as well as the order
- Limit feedback on test to include number of correct answers so that learners will adequately prepare
- Provide a time limit for exams so that learners cannot rely solely on books/notes
- Show questions one at a time as learners could take a screen shot to share with others
In the end, plagiarism checkers as well as properly designed and timed assessments assist in creating deeper learning due to the fact that learners will understand how important it is to use their own words and prepare for exams. In the end, everyone wins.
Caberra, D. (March 4, 2013). Tips to Reduce the Impact of Cheating in Online Assessment. Northern Illinois University Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. Retrieved from http://facdevblog.niu.edu/onlinecheating
Hedgepath, O. (July 22, 2015). How to Teach About Plagiarism In The Online Classroom. eLearning Industry – ELEARNING BEST PRACTICES. Retrieved from https://elearningindustry.com/teaching-plagiarism-in-the-online-classroom
Jocoy, C., & DiBiase, D. (2006). Plagiarism by adult learners online: A case study in detection and remediation. International Review of Research in Open & Distance Learning, 7(1), 1-15.
Pappas, C. (June 1, 2014). Free Plagiarism Checkers: A Valuable Tool for eLearning Facilitators. eLearning Industry – FREE EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ONLINE PLAGIARISM CHECKERS. Retrieved from https://elearningindustry.com/5-important-reasons-to-use-free-plagiarism-checkers-in-elearning
Pappas, C. (October 2015). Top 10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools. eLearning Industry – FREE EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ONLINE PLAGIARISM CHECKERS. Retrieved from https://elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-plagiarism-detection-tools-for-teachers