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5 Plagiarism Indicators      Thomas Lancasterhttp://thomaslancaster.co.uk
Looking For Plagiarism• Text matching tools like TurnItIn are useful for  identifying possible “non-original” work for  hu...
Indicator #1 – Very Good Writing• Writing above the normal standard expected  from a student may suggest that this is not ...
Indicator #2 – Outdated References• Generally, students would be expected to  identify recent sources when referencing• If...
Indicator #3 – Out Of Location Writing• Students would be expected to use locations  that are of local interest when writi...
Indicator #4 – Changing Fonts• Attention to detail is important for student  writing• Where the typeface (style or size) s...
Indicator #5 – Changing Language• Look for where the writing style changes  substantially within a piece of written work• ...
Assignment Design• Generally, a carefully considered assignment  brief makes it harder for students to simply  recompile i...
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5 Plagiarism Indicators

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These slides outline five indicators that student work may be plagiarised. It may be useful for educators considering their assignment briefs and looking for student plagiarism within submitted work.

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5 Plagiarism Indicators

  1. 1. 5 Plagiarism Indicators Thomas Lancasterhttp://thomaslancaster.co.uk
  2. 2. Looking For Plagiarism• Text matching tools like TurnItIn are useful for identifying possible “non-original” work for human investigation• These tools are not always foolproof, particularly where sources do not exist online (for instance, contract cheating)• Vigilance during marking can help to identify suspect student work
  3. 3. Indicator #1 – Very Good Writing• Writing above the normal standard expected from a student may suggest that this is not their work• Look for sophisticated wording, or evidence of too much support from third parties
  4. 4. Indicator #2 – Outdated References• Generally, students would be expected to identify recent sources when referencing• If all the sources are dated, this may be an indicator that this is a previous (and resubmitted) piece of work from another source
  5. 5. Indicator #3 – Out Of Location Writing• Students would be expected to use locations that are of local interest when writing (or at least, largely those from the same country)• Spellings which do not match the location of the student can also be an indicator (for instance, US spellings for a UK student)
  6. 6. Indicator #4 – Changing Fonts• Attention to detail is important for student writing• Where the typeface (style or size) suddenly changes, this is often an indicator of a section of text taken from another source
  7. 7. Indicator #5 – Changing Language• Look for where the writing style changes substantially within a piece of written work• This can be evidence of section of text taken from other sources
  8. 8. Assignment Design• Generally, a carefully considered assignment brief makes it harder for students to simply recompile information from other sources• Incorporate local examples and always update assignment briefs from year to year http://thomaslancaster.co.uk

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