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Educational Sites Provide Ample Fodder for Plagiarism

By Dian Schaffhauser

Paper mills and cheat sites are losing ground to social and user-generated Web sites as sources of material for student papers, and Wikipedia rules above all others as a source for plagiarism.  A third of matched content derives from online sites where people contribute and share content, while only 15 percent of content matches have ties to sites specifically promoting “academic dishonesty.”  At the same time, legitimate educational sites end up providing a quarter of matched material.  Those conclusions come out of a new study by iParadigms, a company that develops applications for detecting plagiarism in written work.  The study examined the sources for 110 million content matches in 40 million student papers submitted to iParadigms’ service, Turnitin, over a 10-month period, from June 2010 to March 2011.

Continued at: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/05/02/educational-sites-provide-ample-fodder-for-plagiarism.aspx

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