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Is Plagiarism an Issue?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer involves this question: how are we developing students’ understanding of intellectual property, copyright, piracy, stealing, and a host of other issues that involve our desired outcome for students: being productive citizens.

To address the short answer:

1) I recommend having every student turn in an electronic version of each assignment that is a significant writing assignment (one page or more).
2) I recommend cutting and pasting ONLY suspicious lines, or maybe at most two or three sentences into one of the following search engines.

a) www.google.com
b) http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker/. It appears it was designed by the University of Maryland.
c) http://www.articlechecker.com/
d) http://www.duplichecker.com/

What other tips and solutions can you share?  Leave a comment!

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