Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Anti-Plagiarism Software

Interesting article on the efficacy of anti-plagiarism software programs -- talks about 2 studies that show both Turnitin and Safe Assign to be of limited use.

"If there's a value in these applications, there's a value in a very limited context," said Lang, director of the university's first-year composition program. "I think at one level we suspected that they wouldn't be as good as potentially advertised. … But we were surprised at just how many things were flagged that would never be labeled plagiarism in context."

The Texas Tech research showed that of 400 student papers flagged for further review, only two were found to be plagiarized.


From Barry Dahl via Twitter.

Lisa Cheney-Steen

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