Plagiarism Detection and Prevention

Laureate Education (Producer). (2010). posited ,“learners cheat about as often in an online environment as they do in the traditional face to face classroom.” Students find it difficult to understand that copying and pasting someone else’s work off the internet is plagiarism. They are often troubled by the fact that it is there open to be used, if it is that they did not want another person to use their work why not hide or not post this work. I was on the fence about this for a work, we recently did a copyright professional development in school where we were told what we could use from the internet and what we could not do with the materials founded, this was based on materials founded as well as pictures, as these are the things that teaches mostly copyrighted. This a was heated as the teachers believed that the material is being used for educational purpose and it was uploaded to be seen. I understand that all the legalities of posting and borrowing without asking therefore I stay away from using their materials.

Plagiarism is a violation of academic integrity, this often occurs when a writer deliberately uses another person’s work without their permission, while refusing to cite this person a  reference. One of the most common type of plagiarism is the ability for someone to copy and paste without making any changes. Jocoy, C., & DiBiase, D. (2006).

There are numerous plagiarism software available for online instructors,  Passas 2013, made suggestions as to what he believed what the top ten software for teachers to use when detecting plagiarism. Anti-Plagiarism is a software that is designed to detect and prevent plagiarism, it is a tool that is linked to deal with the World Wide Web copy and pasting. The goal of this type of software is to aid in the reduction of the plagiarism and its impact on education. Another software is known as the Duplichecker  this software is free to use its most effective once you copy and paste your work, upload this and allow the software to check the websites for any related pieces. The PaperRater is also a free to use software which checks for grammatical errors, plagiarism detection and also writing suggestions. This is a great one as it was developed by a linguistics professional and is often updated. Finally the software that needs mention is the Viper, this is a fast tool that scans your document through 10 billion resources, it scans through academic essays among other online sources. This is also a free device to use that has been proven effective.

Assignment should be linked with a plagiarism software embedded this way students will have their assignments flagged before they turn it into know what it is that will happen and have a chance to make the necessary correction.


Jocoy, C., & DiBiase, D. (2006). Plagiarism by adult learners online: A case study in detection and remediation. International Review of Research in Open & Distance Learning, 7(1), 1-15.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2010). Plagiarism and cheating [Video file]. Retrieved from

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5 thoughts on “Plagiarism Detection and Prevention

  1. Jason Wells says:

    Although I have not been a fan of the many technologies designed to “catch” students doing something wrong, I do like your proposal of the systems that flag possible plagiarism. This provides the student with an opportunity to learn from mistakes and correct them prior to the final submission. Great posting!


  2. keishavaughn says:

    Do you believe that students are refusing to cite or lack knowledge in how to properly cite and paraphrase?
    Jocoy (2006) “Our own experience with student infractions supports the conclusion of Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) researchers that many students have yet to develop a clear sense of appropriate Internet use in written assignments. Other researchers found actual observed infractions to be associated with a lack of knowledge about plagiarism”.
    I know that there are students that maliciously cheat and plagiarize, however I also believe that some just lack knowledge about what actually constitutes plagiarism.
    Jocoy, C., & DiBiase, D. (2006). Plagiarism by adult learners online: A case study in detection and remediation. International Review of Research in Open & Distance Learning, 7(1), 1-15.

    1. donnettmoncrieffe says:

      I believe that the students need to be fully trained in how to credit their sources. I do not believe that they purposely decline to give credit, I think that they share the same midst as most people do if it is available to use why not use it ….

  3. Sheri says:


    As you stated in your blog, the idea of intellectual property seems to be a difficult concept to convey. Most people want others to have access to their work to advance knowledge in a particular area. Is there something wrong with giving the author credit for their work? Or, is there something wrong with asking others not to try to make money off of the ideas of others without asking first? On the other side of the coin, it does take more time to give credit where credit is due. With that being said, do you think teachers should be required to design all of their supplemental instructional material? Do you design all of your supplemental instructional material? How do you get around using other sources from the Internet?

    As I read the different technologies you referenced to flag plagiarism, I thought it would be neat to design an activity where the students are required to use citations and to use the plagiarism detection software to assess how well citations were used. An activity like this would give the students an opportunity to see how the software works while increasing understanding of the need to use citations for intellectual property. Thoughts?

    1. donnettmoncrieffe says:

      In my classroom there are a list of sites that the county approves for teachers to use. What I do in my Google classroom is share the link and have the kids click and go on the site to work… This keeps me in the legal binding side as I did not copy their work but had the kids work from three directly. I also look at the gun 3 print in the sites before I have my kids use it, most times it says free to use by classroom teachers providing that nothing is being copied.

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