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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Monday, 19 Dec 2016, 18:23

I have recently been asked to do some work as a plagiarism consultant for one course.  This involves checking the Turnitin and Copycatch results for the module.

Turnitin compares assignments with published work, websites and blogs etc.  There are quite a few assignments that came up with relatively high scores on the Turnitin site but when I looked at them, this was mainly due to including source texts in an appendix so these are not considered plagiarism.

Copycatch compares assignments with other assignments.  Again, there were some assignments highlighted but the matches were largely due to similar collocations and technical terms.  Of course, those that had source texts in the appendix also matched each other but this could be dismissed as a false positive.

So, my first impression is that the risk of plagiarism is taken seriously but the scale of it is quite small on my course.

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Sharon Hartles BA (Hons) Soc Sci Cri (Open) PG Cert SPI (Open), MA (CJ) (Open)

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Hello Patrick,

What an interesting post.

Good to know that these type of checks are taking place and that most students do their own work.



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Sorry I had not seen this comment earlier, Sharon.

The computer checking of work is helpful although a human eye is always needed.  For example, some students get a high score because they provide the sources they have used as an appendix.  When I read through I realise this is what they have done.