High Tech Plagiarism

from the cheating-only-cheats-yourself dept

If you’re a student, it’s becoming much, much easier to plagiarze.. there are now several online sources where you can just go and buy term papers. In some cases, they’ll write a fresh one for you. Well, schools are now starting to catch and punish these cheaters using software that detects similarities in students’ work. Here’s what I’m wondering — given a class of 1000 students, I’m sure that many of them will have similar sentences, even exactly the same sentences (even if they weren’t cheating).

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “High Tech Plagiarism”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
another Mike says:

No Subject Given

I heard a radio interview with the professor who found all this plagiarism. He used 6 identical words in a row as a marker to find suspiciously similar papers, and then checked them out to see if they were plagiarised. He determined that in almost all (though not all) the cases the suspicious papers were plagiarised. Pretty good idea actually.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...