Discussion of Merits and Drawbacks of Plagiarism Detection Services (alphabetical order)

Bear F Braumoeller,  Brian J Gaines (December 1, 2001) . “Actions do speak louder than words: Deterring plagiarism with the use of plagiarism-detection software.” PS, Political Science & Politics,  835-839.  http://www.proquest.com.proxygw.wrlc.org/ (accessed February 1, 2008).

This article discusses the findings of an experiment conducted by two political science professors in a large political science course to test the effectiveness of plagiarism detection software in deterring plagiarism.  The results of the study found that students were less likely to plagiarize when they knew their papers would be filtered through plagiarism detection software than through written or verbal warnings about plagiarism from the instructors.

Paul Collins (Nov. 21, 2006). “Dead Plagiarists Society: Will Goggle Book Search Uncover Long-buried Literary Crimes?” Slate.com http://www.slate.com/id/2153313/

This article examines what happens when classics digitized through Google Books are run through a plagiarism detection service.

Andy Dehnart (June 14, 1999). “The Web’s Plagiarism Police: An Online Service Claims it can Identify Purloined Papers. So Why’d it Nail My Thesis?” Salon.com http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/1999/06/14/plagiarism

This is an early piece written about plagiarism detection software when Turnitin was still housed and called Plagiarism.org.  Many of the complaints against the service and other such services such as EVE are still the same today.

Michael Donnelly, Rebecca Ingalls, Tracy Ann Morse, Joanna Castner, & Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler. (Fall 2006). “(Mis)Trusting Technology that Polices Integrity: A Critical Assessment of Turnitin.com.”  Inventio: Creative Thinking about Learning and Teaching (1)http://www.doit.gmu.edu/inventio/issues/Fall_2006/Donnelly_print.html. 

A collection of short essays by the authors that ruminate on ethical and pedagogical issues related to using plagiarism detection services on student papers.

Kimbel Library.  (2006). Cheating 101: Internet Paper Mills.Coastal Carolina University http://www.coastal.edu/library/presentations/mills2.html

This is a list of Internet paper mills and essay sites currently active.  When the list was originally compiled in March 1999 there were 35 sites on it.  By November 2006 there were over 250 sites listed.

“Turnitin’s Reponse to Recent Posts discussing Proper Pedagogy” (2006) Kairosnews: A Weblog for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy. http://kairosnews.org/turnitins-response-to-recent-posts-discu

Turnitin is a regular topic of discussion on this blog.  To see more entries, go to keyword listing of all discussions on Turnitin at http://kairosnews.org/taxonomy/term/337

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