Plagiarism - A Problem And How To Fight It
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World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2007
June 25, 2007
Craig Montgomerie & Jane Seale
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The continued growth of information on the WWW and in databases is making plagiarism by copying, possibly followed by some modification, more and more tempting. Educational institutions are starting to fight this by a bundle of measures: (a) by making students more aware of plagiarism, (b) by enforcing a strict code of ethics and (c) by using software to detect suspected plagiarism. In this paper we show that plagiarism detection applies to much more than just student work: it is relevant in many other situations, including rather unexpected ones. We briefly describe the two main approaches to plagiarism detection. We cover the main approach, the one based on 'fingerprints', in some detail and compare the two leading commercial packages with a tool developed by us based on the Google API. We also show that all available plagiarism detection tools suffer from three major shortcomings whose elimination will require a major effort by a number of big players.
Maurer, H. & Zaka, B. (2007). Plagiarism - A Problem And How To Fight It. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 4451-4458). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved December 13, 2013 from http://www.editlib.org/p/26021.
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