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  • 1. PlagiarismDetection and Prevention
    Kristin Trace
    Technology Consultant
  • 2. Plagiarism Defined
    What is Plagiarism?
    In short – presenting someone else’s idea as your own
    OR taking someone else’s idea – Copyright
    Western School Board of PEI
    1/31/2011
    Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    Wilson Mizner (1876 - 1933)
  • 3. How has the Internet changed cheating?
    Speed
    easy to locate
    Choice
    so many paper topics to choose from
    Anonymity
    nobody will know . . .
    Copy and pasting allows students to put a whole paper together
    OR for that matter download an entire paper
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 4. Why do students cheat?
    Grades/GPA's
    Self Defense (everybody else is doing it!)
    Workload
    Ignorance
    Did the student know that cheating in such a way was wrong?
    Should we be easier on the students who plead ignorance?
    Educational Disconnection
    Is the student a freshman or a senior?
    Is the student from another culture?
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 5. “The Plague of Plagiarsim”
    Common Plagiarism Issues
    Cut and Paste (Essays/Projects)
    Buying Essays
    Taking Images from the Internet
    Email sharing of assignments
    Music downloading
    Video downloading
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 6. Prevention
    Education
    Teach students how to effectively do research
    Demonstrate that the same ease they have in finding material to take from the Internet...you have the same POWER to find it
    GOOGLE is your best friend
    Project Parameters
    Process
    Design a project so that it is turned in during various points along the way
    Reward with marks (experience!!!)
    Citation
    Teach citation skills
    Provide access to online citation aid sites
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 7. Detection
    Triggers
    Formatting
    Some students actually do not even take the time fix spacing, website identifiers such as the word “top”
    A title page stapled to an obviously downloaded paper!
    Language
    Is the language used NOT consistent with the work turned in during the past?
    References
    Check them!
    Are they available locally
    Do web links work
    Formatting issues
    Assignment Mismatch
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 8. Detection (con’t)
    Are in text citation formats mixed?
    Probably a cut and paste
    Lack of Reference or Sources
    Well written factual sections without citations???
    History (timeline issues)
    Talking about the future (Y2K) NOW
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 9. Proving Your Suspicions
    Take a key phrase and enter it into a meta-search engine (a search engine that searches search engines)
    Check out Internet Paper Mills
    Use the topic you assigned
    Use the Thesis Statement
    If there is actual source info in the page...download a copy!!
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 10. More Strategies
    Limit the # of direct quotes a student can use
    The JEWEL vs RHINESTONE concept
    Provide a List of SPECIFIC Topics
    This will help the student limit the scope
    This will help YOU track down plagiarism as they are guaranteed to type your topic into a search engine!
    Change these term to term
    Unique
    Assigned Required Sources
    # of internet, # of print, # interviews, etc
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 11. Even More Strategies
    Establish ongoing conferencing
    Ask about research process
    Note how material is incorperated into work - counsel
    Is it Up-to-Date
    Most paper mills use older papers
    Require up to date sources - will help eliminate the problem
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 12. Software Toolsand Online Services
    EVE (downloadable affordable)
    http://www.canexus.com/eve/index.shtml
    Plagiarism.org (subscription service free trial)
    http://www.plagiarism.com/
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 13. If All Else Fails…
    "I was quite surprised by your paper, so I did some investigation into it. Before I tell you what I found out, is there anything you want to tell me about it?" With the appropriately serious demeanor and tone, a well phrased question like this will often result in a confession. If the student is innocent or just hardened and replies, "No," you can always reveal some innocuous fact and go on.
    ."I'm curious to know why your writing style is so good in some parts of the paper and so poor in others. And why have you not shown such great writing on the in-class essays?"
    ."This long passage doesn't sound like your normal style. Is this a quotation where you accidentally forgot the quotation marks?"
    From http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI
  • 14. Resources
    Online Citation Services
    BibMe
    Landmark Citation Machine
    Research Tools
    Zotero
    Evernote
    Plagiarism Detection
    Plagiarism Checker
    Do a google search for “free plagiarism checker” to find a variety of services as these change quite often
    1/31/2011
    Western School Board of PEI