Detecting Plagiarism:

  • Citations: If the paper is in the wrong citation format, or if the citation styles switch randomly throughout the paper.
  • Writing Style: Plagiarized papers can both be filled with advanced jargon or appear below average for college students. Plagiarism may be suspected if the paper's style shifts back and forth, or simply does not sound like something the student would write.
  • Outdated: If a paper uses outdated phrases, facts, or if a paper only uses outdated sources.
  • Fonts: Papers that contain more than one font style or size may indicate a cut and paste of plagiarized content.
  • Topic Shifts: If the paper does not cover what was required in the assignment, or wanders off topic repeatedly.

Confirming Plagiarism:

  • Using search engines: Google it! If the paper was taken from a paper mill on the Internet, Google can find the site containing the original paper. When performing a phrase search, you may want to enclose it in quotation marks.
  • Using anti-plagiarism services: Certain services scan papers for plagiarized content. Turnitin and Glatt Plagiarism Services are subscription based on how many papers you wish to scan. The Ralph M. Besse Library does not subscribe to any specific anti-plagiarism services, although faculty may subscribe individually.

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