Plagiarism Detection and Prevention

June 9, 2011 tinkisamy

What plagiarism detection software is available to online instructors?

One plagiarism detection software that I know of and that is described in the case study article isTurnitin. This software checks for many different areas of plagiarism. Turnitin speeds up the process of finding copied text (Jocoy & DiBiase, 2006). also checks for just one sentence of copied text and not just several long phrases that are word-for-word (Jocoy & DiBiase, 2006). I also found a few more plagiarism software I plan on checking out. These resources are: Academic Plagiarism, Viper, and Dupli Checker.

How can the design of assessments help prevent academic dishonesty? Design assessments or assignments where students can use other resources to gather information (Pratt, 2011). If students are asked to apply what they have learned there will be less plagiarism, they are taking what they found or learned and applying it.

What facilitation strategies do you propose to use as a current or future online instructor? As an online instructor I plan on educating my students on the various types of plagiarism and how they can avoid "borrowing" another persons ideas or thoughts without giving the person credit. I also plan on making assessments and assignments an act of "showing" or demonstrating what they have learned and less memorizing data and facts. I had to do a lot of memorization and cramming of material in my undergraduate and some of my first graduate program. I can honestly tell you that if I had been asked to apply or use that information I would have held on to that knowledge more readily. I want to facilitate real knowledge that is grasped and understood.

What additional considerations for online teaching should be made to help detect or prevent cheating and plagiarism? Instructors need to make sure that their students know what plagiarism is. Most students truly do not know that they are cheating or copying (Palloff, 2011). Students need to be aware of the various types of plagiarism and how they can avoid getting caught up in copying and not referencing their sources and quotes.


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.

Turnitin. Retrieved June 9, 201l from

Walden University Video: “Plagiarism and Cheating”, Dr. Palloff and Pratt. .


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David Lloyd  |  June 10, 2011 at 10:30 am


    I enjoyed reading your post. I agree most plagiarism is unintentional, and educating students to help them understand plagiarism and how to avoid it is the most effective way of eliminating the problem.

    I blame the computer revolution for the rampant unintentional plagiarism we have today. The research methods of the past tended to prevent plagiarism by emphasizing bibliographic literature reviews with paraphrased summaries (or digests) of content, stored on note cards, as a first step in research.

    I think teaching students to paraphrase and digest material as a basic part of doing research, would prevent much of the cause of unintentional plagiarism.

  • 2. Shernedra Brown  |  June 13, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Dear Amy,
    I love the simplicity of your blog post. It is straight forward, it isn’t complicated it is a very comfortable read.

    This generation is heavily influenced by technology, almost everything is done on the internet. When I heard about and the process they use to prevent plagiarism, I thought it was a great idea. It was really good that you discussed this web cite in your assignment

    The strategies that you discussed in your blog are very promising. I’m sure they will be successful once put to use.

    Thanks for your post,
    -Shernedra Brown

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