Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beating Net Plagiarists

PC Pro has a great story on the tools used by educators to catch modern plagiarists:

How schools beat the net cheats

Posted on 16 Feb 2010 at 11:44

I think most of our students are honest,” Dr Ruth Bender tells me, as we sit in her office at Cranfield University’s School of Management.
Yet, even if the majority of her students are trustworthy, the temptation to cheat has never been greater. Resources such as so-called internet “essay mills”, Wikipedia and Google’s all-seeing eye have taken plagiarism to a new level.
Which is why we’re sitting here, waiting for my dusty undergraduate dissertation to filter through Turnitin, the industry standard in automated plagiarism-detection software, and academia’s best weapon in a technological arms race with the cheats.

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