With plagiarism in the academic world reaching plague proportions UNE is set to take preventative measures with the use of Turnitin plagiarism detection software in 2008.
Academic plagiarism is a serious problem. With the rise of electronic publishing of research â€˜cutting and pastingâ€™ online content has never been easier. And itâ€™s not just students who are tempted to copy othersâ€™ ideas – Â there are no hard and fast statistics (obviously) but one estimate places the number of theses and books in the arts and humanities with unacceptable levels of copied material at around 10-15%Â (http://www.ucalgary.ca/~hexham/study/plag.html)
Turnitin plagiarism software is able to detect unacceptable levels of copied material in submitted texts. UNE is currently planning for the integration of Turnitin screening for submitted assignments in 2008. See http://turnitin.com/static/home.html for more information and keep an eye out for UNE-official announcements on the subject.
So what is plagiarism and how can you make sure youâ€™re not inappropriately using someone elseâ€™s ideas?
Check out UNE Library resources at http://www.une.edu.au/library/eskillsune/using/legal.php
Plagiarism today is a blog that looks at online plagiarism http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/
An article that includes a useful demonstration of plagiarism â€“ whatâ€™s acceptable and whatâ€™s not http://www.ucalgary.ca/~hexham/study/plag.html