This guide provides support to faculty in identifying and addressing plagiarism and writing concerns. If you are a student in need of writing support, see the Writing Center Libguide (linked below). It has Writing Center, Online Writing Center, Virtual Writing Center, APA, and MLA information.
Plagiarism is using someone's words, work, ideas, pictures, art, paper, paragraph without giving them credit. Need help with information on making ethical writing choices or need to find a few videos to help? Check out the Ethical Writing Choices Libguide. This will open in a new window when you click on the link.
This great article from Plagiarism Today may help you and your students. This will open in a new window when you click the link to 5 Reasons People Plagiarize (And How to Stop Them).
Instructors are strongly encouraged to utilize the Library and Writing Center for help with Plagiarism.
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Please note: Turnitin wouldn’t exist without the student labor producing essays for their archives. They are essentially collecting student writing that we already have and selling it back to us.
Plagiarism Checkers are tools and only tools to help find phrasing and words that are used elsewhere. Ultimately, the instructor still has to determine if it is plagiarism. Plagiarism Checkers are not something we recommend. According to the article by Weber-Wulff, Möller, Touras, and Zincke, there are "constant problems with false positives and false negatives, as well as massive usability problems" (2). We also need to remember that "Plagiarism detection software is only a tool, not an infallible test" (Weber-Wulff et al. 2). Remember, a Plagiarism checker can really only point out that there is a possibility. Ultimately, the instructor will have to make the final evaluation.
Are you aware that many (if not most) of these programs keep the paper(s) that you submit on their servers? This means that you are sharing private intellectual property of a student with a program that will keep the student paper for their own purposes. Our research and conversations with others at universities and colleges across the nation and around the world tells us that Plagiarism Checkers only point out the potential.
You will find a list of links to articles pertaining to Plagiarism Checkers in the box below. These links will all open in a new window.