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Using Plagiarism Detection Software

Overview – Plagiarism Detection Systems

In recent years plagiarism has become a significant and much debated issue in educational institutions. There is a widely held perception that plagiaristic behaviour is on the rise and 80% of H.E. institutions in the UK employ some sort of Plagiarism Detection System (PDS). How do these systems work, and what are they identifying? Is plagiaristic behaviour a side effect of the almost universal use of electronic writing programmes and the ubiquitous use of the internet for research? Does the identification of plagiaristic behaviour necessarily signal an intention to appropriate the work of others? Are overseas students whose native language is not English disproportionately targeted by the PDS?

This section makes use of the research examining the issues surrounding the use of PDS (explicitly Turnitin). The findings are presented in the form of 3 video clips of discussions between the researchers. The clips can be used as a source of information for individuals viewing alone, or as a resource for workshop sessions for both teaching and non-teaching staff. Specially designed materials are available for use by workshop leaders, as well as a viewing guide and worksheet for individuals.


Each clip examines a different aspect of the use of PDS:

CO1 : The Challenges of PDS in Writing Practice

Associated materials:

PDS1 – Workshop Notes
PDS1 – Worksheet 1
PDS1 – Individual viewing guide

CO2 : The Limits of PDS

Associated materials:

PDS2 – Workshop Notes
PDS2 – Worksheet 2
PDS2 – Individual viewing guide

CO3 : PDS in Institutional Practice

Associated materials:

PDS3 – Workshop Notes
PDS3 – Worksheet 3
PDS3 – Individual viewing guide

 

In addition 3 papers are available which explore the issues in greater depth and contain references to other related material.

Systems for the Production of Plagiarists? The Implications Arising from the Use of Plagiarism Detection Systems in UK Universities for Asian Learners by Niall Hayes and Lucas Introna
Journal of Academic Ethics (2005) 3: 55-73
Full Text (PDF)

Cultural Values, Plagiarism, and Fairness: When Plagiarism Gets in the Way of Learning by Niall Hayes and Lucas Introna
Ethics & Behaviour,15(3), 213-231 (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.)
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Plagiarism detection systems and international students: detecting plagiarism, copying or learning? by Lucas Introna and Niall Hayes
in Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Problems and Solutions, (eds) Roberts T, Idea Group Publishing, Hershey and London (2007), ISBN: 9781599048017 
Full Text (PDF)

 

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The challenges of plagiarism detection in academic writing

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The limits of plagiarism detection systems

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Plagiarism detection systems in institutional practice

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Practical advice on the implementation of plagiarism detection systems

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