Tips for detecting and beating plagiarism

Appears to be disappointingly common in HE: Detecting ghost-written essays is a tricky task for academics. Written by other academics or postgraduates to student specifications, these scripts are not the easly identifiable copy-and-paste efforts that anti-plagiarism software is so adept at catching. But they often still leave behind clues to their illicit origin, according to […]

Catching out the Plagiarists?

Interesting … although a real focus on ‘trying to catch people out’ I feel… how do we look for more positive ways of dealing with this (e.g. assignments that require reflection on the process, etc.): As efforts to detect student plagiarism get more sophisticated, a university is considering bolstering the weapons in its armoury against […]

Creating appropriate assessment environments

Working on projects related to re-designing assessments (with a particular focus on using technology), and with colleagues with a particular interest in plagiarism (see p.39), an interesting story this week in┬áTimes Higher Education: It is, of course, a serious academic offence to pass off somebody else’s work as your own. Universities are in the business […]


Means to combat plagiarism? Technology? Learning? What is likely to be more successful: David Matthews reports on debate about whether claiming students’ IP rights could halt plagiarism A senior figure at Oxford Brookes University has suggested taking control of undergraduates’ intellectual property rights to stop them selling their essays on the internet. John Francis, director […]

Plagiarism Software

My colleague, Nicole McNab, has looked at plagiarism quite extensively over the past couple of years, so this has gained my interest … especially as Nicole tends towards the idea that TurnItIn, etc. should not be used for detection, but for training students to understand! Students who are aware that their work will be checked […]