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Plagiarism in the academic setting has been a growing problem over the past decade. The problem ranges from students copying Internet materials to outright buying term papers from illegal websites.  Overall, an increasing number of students have been completing their coursework the wrong way. For this reason, technologies like Turnitin have evolved over the years to detect duplicate content even as the methods of plagiarism become more advanced.

The latest advancement for plagiarizers is the utilization of language translation software.  Translation software can be an excellent tool to help international students for whom English is a second language (ESL). Ability to speak and write in English is, for the most part, a necessary component in an international academic setting, and most U.S. colleges and universities require test like TOEFL iBT® Test in order to be considered for acceptance.  Unfortunately, plagiarizers can apply such tactics to get around plagiarism detection systems that don’t have the ability to recognize translated materials.

The newest feature from Turnitin has the capacity to detect plagiarism across the boundaries of language. Right now, this new multilingual anti-plagiarism software is able to catch duplicates from Turkish, Swedish, French, Dutch, Spanish, German and Portuguese, with more languages soon to follow. This feature comes as a pure response to market demand; Turnitin had received numerous requests to make such technology available from its loyal client base.

While we can all hope that tools like this will become unnecessary; that at some point students will realize academic integrity speaks not only of their education but also of their ability to perform and be successful in future endeavors. Today, however, teachers at all levels need access to the tools that will help them safeguard the educational process and academic integrity.


iParadigms LLC via PRNewsWire.  January 11th, 2012.  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/turnitin-introduces-translated-matching-for-multilingual-plagiarism-detection-137088203.html



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This is the final post in a four-part series examining how students can avoid plagiarism in their written work. So far, I have covered the importance of a clear paper trail, citing as you write and giving credit to words and ideas. The final tip for avoiding plagiarism is to look to technology to provide peace of mind before you submit your paper. If you have any concern that you may have missed a citation or you have to submit the paper to Turnitin, it may be worthwhile to first check your paper for plagiarism with WriteCheck (disclaimer: I work for Turnitin which is the creator of WriteCheck).

WriteCheck scans your paper against the Turnitin databases and returns results that details what text in your paper was found to match the content in the databases. Once you have the results you may then exclude quoted and bibliographic material from the report to see if any text not within quotes or your bibliography is found to match content in the Turnitin databases. Don’t worry WriteCheck does not store your paper in a database.

The consequences of plagiarism can be severe; from failing a class, suspension, to getting kicked out of school. So make sure you take the proper steps to avoid any form of plagiarism in your papers.

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Twitter: @WriteCheckI started noticing a trending topic on Twitter under hashtag #collegetaughtme, and noticed that plagiarism and Turnitin was coming up a lot. Like all things, there are people that get it, people that don't,  people that are haters, and people that are hilarious. Here are some highlights:

The above quotes were posted to Twitter on December 13, 2010. Names, usernames, and profile pictures were removed to maintain the anonymity of people that chose to broadcast their opinions on the public forum that is Twitter. You can search for similar Twitter statuses by clicking here.

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"Copying and pasting from the Web is just like copying from a book. But too many students either don't know that it's cheating—or don't care." Trip Gabriel's article, "'Generation Plagiarism'?" in the New York Times UPFRONT - The Newsmagazine for Teens, recounts three anecdotes of students that use someone else's words without attribution:

A freshman at Rhode Island College copied and pasted from a website about homelessness—and didn't think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the site didn't list an author.

At DePaul University in Chicago, the tip-off to one student's copying was the purple shade of several paragraphs he had lifted from the Web: When confronted by a writing tutor, he was not defensive—he just wanted to know how to change the purple text to black.

And at the University of Maryland, a student said he thought Wikipedia's entries on the Great Depression—unsigned and collectively written—did not need to be credited since they counted, essentially, as "common knowledge."

The idea that it is okay to take information from here and there to create your own work without providing any attribution is becoming endemic. It stifles creativity and blurs the lines of what thoughts and ideas are truly ones own, what are the ideas of others.

The article references Sarah Wilensky, a senior at Indiana University wrote a paper headlined, "Generation Plagiarism," in which she says that relaxing plagiarism standards "does not foster creativity, it fosters laziness."

The New York Times Upfront, Vol. 143, October 25, 2010 http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/upfront/features/index.asp?article=f102510_plagiarism

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