PlagiarismDetection and Prevention<br />Kristin Trace<br />Technology Consultant<br />
Plagiarism Defined<br />What is Plagiarism?<br />In short – presenting someone else’s idea as your own <br />OR taking som...
How has the Internet changed cheating?<br />Speed<br />easy to locate<br />Choice<br />so many paper topics to choose from...
Why do students cheat?<br />Grades/GPA's <br />Self Defense (everybody else is doing it!) <br />Workload <br />Ignorance <...
“The Plague of Plagiarsim”<br />Common Plagiarism Issues<br />Cut and Paste (Essays/Projects)<br />Buying Essays<br />Taki...
Prevention<br />Education<br />Teach students how to effectively do research<br />Demonstrate that the same ease they have...
Detection<br />Triggers<br />Formatting<br />Some students actually do not even take the time fix spacing, website identif...
Detection (con’t)<br />Are in text citation formats mixed?<br />Probably a cut and paste<br />Lack of Reference or Sources...
Proving Your Suspicions<br />Take a key phrase and enter it into a meta-search engine (a search engine that searches searc...
More Strategies<br />Limit the # of direct quotes a student can use<br />The JEWEL vs RHINESTONE concept<br />Provide a Li...
Even More Strategies<br />Establish ongoing conferencing<br />Ask about research process<br />Note how material is incorpe...
Software Toolsand Online Services<br />EVE (downloadable affordable)<br />http://www.canexus.com/eve/index.shtml<br />Plag...
If All Else Fails…<br />"I was quite surprised by your paper, so I did some investigation into it.  Before I tell you what...
Resources<br />Online Citation Services<br />BibMe<br />Landmark Citation Machine<br />Research Tools<br />Zotero<br />Eve...
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Plagiarism Teacher Workshop

  1. 1. PlagiarismDetection and Prevention<br />Kristin Trace<br />Technology Consultant<br />
  2. 2. Plagiarism Defined<br />What is Plagiarism?<br />In short – presenting someone else’s idea as your own <br />OR taking someone else’s idea – Copyright<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />1/31/2011<br />Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.<br />Wilson Mizner (1876 - 1933)<br />
  3. 3. How has the Internet changed cheating?<br />Speed<br />easy to locate<br />Choice<br />so many paper topics to choose from<br />Anonymity<br />nobody will know . . . <br />Copy and pasting allows students to put a whole paper together<br />OR for that matter download an entire paper<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  4. 4. Why do students cheat?<br />Grades/GPA's <br />Self Defense (everybody else is doing it!) <br />Workload <br />Ignorance <br />Did the student know that cheating in such a way was wrong? <br />Should we be easier on the students who plead ignorance?<br />Educational Disconnection <br />Is the student a freshman or a senior? <br />Is the student from another culture? <br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  5. 5. “The Plague of Plagiarsim”<br />Common Plagiarism Issues<br />Cut and Paste (Essays/Projects)<br />Buying Essays<br />Taking Images from the Internet<br />Email sharing of assignments<br />Music downloading<br />Video downloading<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  6. 6. Prevention<br />Education<br />Teach students how to effectively do research<br />Demonstrate that the same ease they have in finding material to take from the Internet...you have the same POWER to find it<br />GOOGLE is your best friend<br />Project Parameters<br />Process<br />Design a project so that it is turned in during various points along the way<br />Reward with marks (experience!!!)<br />Citation<br />Teach citation skills<br />Provide access to online citation aid sites<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  7. 7. Detection<br />Triggers<br />Formatting<br />Some students actually do not even take the time fix spacing, website identifiers such as the word “top”<br />A title page stapled to an obviously downloaded paper!<br />Language<br />Is the language used NOT consistent with the work turned in during the past?<br />References<br />Check them!<br />Are they available locally <br />Do web links work<br />Formatting issues<br />Assignment Mismatch<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  8. 8. Detection (con’t)<br />Are in text citation formats mixed?<br />Probably a cut and paste<br />Lack of Reference or Sources<br />Well written factual sections without citations??? <br />History (timeline issues)<br />Talking about the future (Y2K) NOW<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  9. 9. Proving Your Suspicions<br />Take a key phrase and enter it into a meta-search engine (a search engine that searches search engines)<br />Check out Internet Paper Mills<br />Use the topic you assigned<br />Use the Thesis Statement<br />If there is actual source info in the page...download a copy!!<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  10. 10. More Strategies<br />Limit the # of direct quotes a student can use<br />The JEWEL vs RHINESTONE concept<br />Provide a List of SPECIFIC Topics<br />This will help the student limit the scope<br />This will help YOU track down plagiarism as they are guaranteed to type your topic into a search engine!<br />Change these term to term<br />Unique<br />Assigned Required Sources<br /># of internet, # of print, # interviews, etc<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  11. 11. Even More Strategies<br />Establish ongoing conferencing<br />Ask about research process<br />Note how material is incorperated into work - counsel<br />Is it Up-to-Date <br />Most paper mills use older papers<br />Require up to date sources - will help eliminate the problem<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  12. 12. Software Toolsand Online Services<br />EVE (downloadable affordable)<br />http://www.canexus.com/eve/index.shtml<br />Plagiarism.org (subscription service free trial)<br />http://www.plagiarism.com/<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  13. 13. If All Else Fails…<br />"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. <br />."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?" <br />."This long passage doesn't sound like your normal style. Is this a quotation where you accidentally forgot the quotation marks?" <br />From http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
  14. 14. Resources<br />Online Citation Services<br />BibMe<br />Landmark Citation Machine<br />Research Tools<br />Zotero<br />Evernote<br />Plagiarism Detection<br />Plagiarism Checker<br />Do a google search for “free plagiarism checker” to find a variety of services as these change quite often<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />

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