When we talk about plagiarism and writing, we refer to stealing someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Although it is not fair, both to the original author and the teacher, students do it a lot. Why?
As we know teachers often give writing assignments to their students to check their knowledge and understanding regarding a particular topic.
But, students don’t like writing. So, what do they do? They cheat! They try to find the easy way of writing their paper. And, the easiest way is to find a piece of work on the same or similar topic and use it. Sometimes students use the original work as their own with or without editing it. In some cases, they change a small portion of the text, by changing the order of the sentences in the text, adding some text, or deleting a part of it.
What they don’t realize, and teacher DO KNOW, is that even by making small changes, the work is still considered as plagiarism. And, now, thanks to the online tools for checking plagiarism, teachers can detect plagiarism easily and accurately.
Before checking the paper for plagiarism, teachers check for suspicious text. Detecting plagiarism in students’ papers is tricky, especially for new teachers. Luckily, there are some general rules, which makes detecting easier.
As a teacher, you should be cautious if you notice:
Once you find a suspicious text, you can immediately check if the paper is plagiarized or not, by:
Teachers can easily detect plagiarism using online tools. As a teacher, all you need to do is search for online tool for plagiarism checker. You will see that there are quite a lot of websites and tools for checking plagiarism. Some of them are free for use and for some you have to pay to use them.
When using online tools, checking for plagiarism is very convenient since most of them have the following two options: