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Plagiarism Detection Programs: Teachers vs. Students

Posted on:August 13, 2009

Plagiarism Detection ProgramsIt seems that these days the problem of plagiarism is associated with teachers, students, and schools most of all. Many students refer to cheating when it comes to completing their assignments, and teachers want to stop it.
Basically, they do it with the help of plagiarism check or detection programs that are, actually, quite effective. This means that plagiarized papers and cheaters who have submitted them are spotted at once.
If you are a busy student who is looking for a bit illegal ways of completing his/her papers, this article about plagiarism detection programs will be useful.
How do teachers use plagiarism detection programs?
Everything is very simple. There are a lot of such free and commercial plagiarism detection programs as Turnitin, Copyscape, Plagiarism-Detector, Chimpsky, and others.
Once a teacher hesitates whether a student has prepared a work independently, he/she uses one of the plagiarism detection programs. A program checks a submitted paper against hundreds of other works on the Web. So, if you have downloaded a paper or copy-pasted some passages, a plagiarism detection program will detect this.
How do students use plagiarism detection programs?

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Plagiarizing and a Dictionary Definition of Plagiarism

Posted on:June 25, 2009

PlagiarizingEven if you do not know a dictionary definition of plagiarism, you definitely can explain it in your own words. If to be short and precise, plagiarism is defined as stealing – stealing someone’s ideas, words, etc.
For the great majority of people, stealing is an immoral act that should lead to some kind of punishment. Then why so many students continue plagiarizing?
Let us once again talk about this problem and give some explanations.
What is the definition of plagiarism?
Most probably, you have your own interpretation. However, we want you to know a dictionary definition of plagiarism.
According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of plagiarism, it is:

  1. “an act or instance of plagiarizing”;
  2. “something plagiarized”.

It is also important to explain what plagiarizing means. Well, according to the same dictionary, plagiarizing is defined as:

  • “stealing and passing off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source”;
  • “committing literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source”.

What are the reasons for plagiarism?
Well, you know the dictionary definition of plagiarism. But what do you know about the reasons for this phenomenon? Are students not afraid of failing their courses or being expelled from school?
Sure they are, but the nature of plagiarism is a bit different. Here are several common reasons:

  • Students are short of time to complete all their assignments;
  • They see some of their peers plagiarizing without being caught;
  • They just see no point in paraphrasing the words of reputable scholars, like “I cannot do it better”.

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What You Need to Know about Online Plagiarism Checkers

Posted on:May 21, 2009

Plagiarism CheckersPlagiarism is a serious offense that usually leads to a severe punishment. If you are a student, the minimal punishment you can get for plagiarizing is a zero grade on a paper/course.
Cheating is nowadays one of the ways to complete written assignments. Some smart guys figured this out and decided to take counter-measures. Now, students have to struggle not only with their assignments but also with online plagiarism detection tools.
Let us explain you something about online plagiarism checkers, the ways teachers use them, and how you can benefit from online plagiarism checkers.
Online plagiarism checkers and teachers
Unfortunately, nowadays teachers cannot rely on students’ conscience and devotion to studies. This is why they use online plagiarism checkers almost each time while checking your essays and other works.
Such online plagiarism checkers as TurnitIn, EVE, or MyDropBox allow detecting plagiarized works quickly and easily. So, you should think twice before submitting someone’s work or copying someone’s ideas.
Online plagiarism checkers and students
Online plagiarism checkers can also be very beneficial for students in at least two ways.
Way #1
You are a dedicated student and academic honesty is your policy. You complete all your assignments independently. If you borrow someone’s ideas, you always cite them.
However, some mistakes in citing, which happens rather frequently, usually lead to accusations of plagiarism. So, online plagiarism checkers can help you avoid unnecessary problems.
Way #2

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Online Plagiarism Detector: Do not Let the Same Happen to You

Posted on:April 22, 2009

You have heard many stories when students failed their courses just because they were caught plagiarizing. Well, here is one more story to convince you to never-ever plagiarize.
“I am basically an A student: I always do my homework, I try to plan my time, so that all my assignments are done ahead of time. But this time I got really overwhelmed with the homework I have received. Any of you would…
For that week, I had to finish three research papers – for my History, Biology and English Literature class. I was so stressed; I felt that I needed to do something about it. So, I decided to find some good paper online that I could use for my History class. I remember my History class teacher mentioning some online plagiarism detector, but I guess I did not think about it at all when I was going to find that paper online.
Fortunately or not, I found a paper that was exactly what I needed. So, when it came to paraphrasing I thought that I did not really have to do that, since my teacher would not probably use this online plagiarism detector.
So, the next day I submitted the paper – I was happy that I could focus on my other assignments now. However, in the evening our telephone rang – it was my History teacher. He told my parents that I failed the course, because I stole a paper. He said that a plagiarism detector found this online paper…”
This is a sad story… And you should realize that your teachers do take advantage of online plagiarism detectors. If you do not want to fail, you should produce your own piece, instead of stealing.

Types of Plagiarism

Posted on:February 7, 2009

Would you ever steal something from your friend’s house? No?!
Would you ever consider stealing from a supermarket? No?!
Then, how can you even think about stealing someone’s ideas without citing them in a proper way?
This article is intended to help you learn all types of plagiarism for you to avoid it in the future.
Analyzing plagiarism, we can distinguish the following types of “theft”:

  • Plagiarizing the whole piece of writing. A student takes somebody’s paper and presents it as his/her own. Any plagiarism analyzer will easily detect such violation. This is really the worst case, since a student does it intentionally, completely neglecting all moral values.
  • “Photocopying” some paragraphs. Students find their paper too short or lack some good arguments, so they decide to “borrow” another author’s ideas, which is just as bad as the first case.
  • Mixing different plagiarized sources. Conducting our plagiarism analysis, we have noticed that this is another widespread case, when students are being “creative” and trying to combine different plagiarized sentences into one piece. This will also be detected by a plagiarism analyzer as well.
  • Complete lack of original ideas. When a plagiarism analyzer scans students’ papers, it appears that they do not have a high percentage of plagiarism, but neither have they any of their own ideas. This means that either students do not understand the subject, or they are unable to produce any good ideas on it.
  • Finally, unintentional plagiarism also occurs. Some students hurry so much, that they forget to include such information as the writer’s name, the date of publication, or any other required information. Plagiarism analyzer program will still indicate these minor mistakes, but students might just lose few points for that.

So, keep in mind that all your papers will be scanned by some anti-plagiarism analyzer, so do not take the risk of being severely punished.

Plagiarism: Why Does It Occur?

Posted on:January 16, 2009

Have you ever wondered why do some students plagiarize? Our plagiarism analyzer team was working on this issue for quite a long time and here are the things we have found out:

  • Students are under pressure of numerous assignments. We have noticed this trend: the more subjects or classes students take, the higher probability of plagiarizing. This is completely logical – if you have Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, and American History projects coming up next week, you will probably consider plagiarizing to save some time.
  • Plagiarism is not always intentional. Our plagiarism analyzer team has found out that sometimes plagiarism pops out due to some citation rules violations, not because students wanted to “steal” somebody’s ideas.
  • Another interesting finding of our plagiarism analyzer team is that many students plagiarize because they see that their peers do this without being punished. So, this is an issue of fairness: why cannot I plagiarize if my best friend does it all the time without being caught?!
  • One more common trend related to the issue of plagiarism is that students do not find it necessary to paraphrase information or research they have found. They are thinking: “I will not say better than this smart researcher did, so why should I bother doing it?”
  • Finally, our plagiarism analyzer team made a conclusion that the more teachers take advantage of anti-plagiarism programs and inform students about their anti-plagiarism measures, the less students actually try to plagiarize intentionally.

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Present Day Plagiarism Detection

Posted on:December 19, 2007

Are you concerned about plagiarism? You have made the right choice by applying to We intend to present the ways of plagiarism detection in our article.
Plagiarism is the phenomenon, occurring rather frequently at present days. Plagiarism means poaching ideas while writing your own paper. When we talk about plagiarism, we mean that a person claimed or implied original authorship of somebody’s written work in his/her own paper without sufficient acknowledgement. Sometimes, people use plagiarism unconsciously; they just claim they plagiarized unintentionally, just because of inattentiveness. But inspite of this fact, the phenomenon of plagiarism becomes increasingly evident with each day that comes.

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Is Plagiarism Unethical?

Posted on:December 19, 2007

Nowadays, fewer people tend to follow the ethic rules. The modern society and the young generation have fewer moral values as they used to have decades ago. Such kinds of character traces as honesty, generosity, gallantry are not intrinsic to the young generations anymore. Sometimes, the young people even do not find their offence amoral. Moral standard is in store, because of the great changes in the consciousness of young people.
Our article is addressed to those, who think that plagiarism is ok. We will present the controversial approach to the definition of plagiarism by going deep into philosophical speculation about the nature of plagiarism. Actually, plagiarism means stealing somebody’s idea and poaching it as your personal. When you plagiarize, you claim original authorship of somebody’s work into your own without adequate acknowledgement. It sounds like a theft, doesn’t it?

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Free Plagiarism Detection – Overview of Tools Online

Posted on:December 19, 2007

Plagiarism is the phenomenon leading to the degradation of your creativity. It is a devastator, which should be overcome by detection and erasure of its reasons and results.
In academic world, plagiarism is a serious offence, which can result in failing an assignment, the class, or even expulsion from the university. A student may be expelled, in case his/her works turned out to be plagiarized for several times. A lot of students feel pressured about the inability to create their own paper, either because of the lack of time or because of the lack of ideas. That is one of the reasons why they copy information found online. In such cases, plagiarism may be easily detected by their professor. Everyone has his/her own manner or style of writing and an experienced tutor can determine whether the student used his/her own “voice” in the paper or not.

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