Promulgation of Plagiarism
Plagiarism has been in play since the genesis of formalized education, thus the probability exists that there always will remain students or individuals who plagiarize. With the inception of the Internet, the promulgation of this form of cheating has exploded and has made it imperative for teachers and other facilitators to combat it effectively. Understanding what plagiarism is, how to prevent it, and devising innovative technologies to detect it can help address this problem.
It must also be asserted that, no single software tool or technological-innovation will help deter this problem completely. Educationists, as well as
ethicists need to educate students and individuals on the amoral aspects of plagiarism. Having said this, one should exercise caution when suspecting or accusing anyone of plagiarism, innocent mistakes, as well as genuine incidents of similar use may easily exist. Therefore, what should be investigated is repetitive behavior and patterns of deliberate deception.
Conventional methods of plagiarism detection
Even though many instructors are aware of the problems of plagiarism, they feel powerless or are simply unwilling to address it. TechWeb News published an article from a Stanford University professor who admitted that instructors are aware of students plagiarizing their work but are unwilling to investigate the matter, according to him; few are willing to search through the vast expanse of the internet to hunt down suspect work.
To address this problem various tools were developed during the late 90’s. Software, such as “Plagiarism-Finder” (M4-Software), “EVE2” (Canexus), “YAP” (University of Sydney), “SCAM” (Stanford University) are the more prominent ones. The main drawback of these programs is that they rely excessively on search engines to find suspect writing. A technique which is inherently flawed, since most search engines only account for just 16% of the billions of websites making up the internet today. Another facet which exploits this approach is the use of password-protected websites, the software cannot access such sites and thus the plagiarized work remains largely undetected.
To counter this, universities started developing and populating their own databases of copyrighted and published papers against which the programs were modified to work. This too proved insufficient since cheating software has concurrently evolved, mainly taking the form of ‘automatic paraphrasing’, whereby thesauruses are utilized to change words and sentence structures to avoid detection by conventional softwares which rely on string-matching to catch suspect sentences. To address this, a more robust and comprehensive approach was needed.
New technique to combat plagiarism
CheckForPlagiarism.net was developed in 2004 and is a result of a dedicated team of professors, programmers, teachers and students who came together to design and codify a product which will help combat plagiarism while maintaining students', individuals' and professionals' intellectual property and privacy. They started working on a new technology, “Sentence Structure Assessment”, implemented at CheckForPlagiarism.net. Now in it’s eighth year of development, the technology works on innovative and powerful algorithms which create a "digital snapshot" of each paper. It operates in a series of steps:
- The software initially marks and identifies the sentence and paragraph structure in the submitted document.
- This structure is cross-referenced against a database of billions of publications collected from major universities, academic and professional databases and paper-mills, worldwide.
- The snapshot is simultaneously sent to crawlers who scour the World Wide Web for possible matches.
- Finally, the gathered results (sources and color-matched content) is compiled in an easy to read plagiarism report.
The copyrighted sentence structure assessment technology was developed to combat the most creative attempts of plagiarism. Its strength lies in its ability to rank papers on not just string matching or sentence structure but also on a percentage of synonyms used against a suspect source. The technology service employs its own thesauruses on submitted papers and matches them against published material or sources in its own vast database and the internet.
To exhibit and understand the methodology of sentence structure mapping and assessment, consider the following hypothetical case (sourced from Google and Wikipedia). The first paper, (Paper 1), is an excerpt of an internet derived document, the chapter-3 introductory paragraph from Oscar Wilde's, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The second, (Paper 2), is a test document, using added text, being tested for plagiarism. While the third (Paper 3) is the same paragraph with extensive synonyms used. The modified and added content in Paper 2 and Paper 3 are highlighted in different shades of red.
Paper 1 (original)
Paper 2 (added text)
Paper 3 (paraphrased / modified text)
Academic institutions and research houses around the globe have started implementing this new technique of detecting and rooting out plagiarism. Students and writers no longer submit their work directly to the instructor or publisher; instead, they submit it to these fingerprinting engines. The software in turn generates a report of its findings and makes it available to the instructor or other concerned authority.
The software works in an efficient new way (as mentioned above). Universities and academic institutions first have to license it, and then implement it. Next, instructors can submit documents online, while students are then required to submit using this software, by uploading it to the website. The software runs its unique algorithm on it, checks it from its vast database, as well as through the internet and makes the results available to the instructor with a comprehensive color-coded plagiarism report of the submitted document. This alteration over conventional document submission norm helps save time, as well as arming the instructor with irrefutable proof of any plagiarism detected.
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