An article in today’s online version of Campus Technology catches my eye: “Tackling Plagiarism” by Bridget McCrea.
The article deals with Brevard Community College’s decision to adopt Turnitin as an anti-plagiarism tool. I’m pleased to see that the College realises that it is a tool, that the reports it generates do need further checking by teachers, that matches are not necessarily indicative of plagiarism.
But I am puzzled by a statement made on screen two of the article:
Other online plagiarism tools include CustomWritings.com and CopyScape, both of which help individuals determine whether the documents they are reviewing are original and/or properly cited. Cobb said BCC’s IT department worked with individual faculty members – English composition, literature, and speech instructors, in particular – to select the anti-plagiarism tool and get it set up and ready to use.
What concerns me is that (1) CustomsWritings.com is not an online plagiarism tool, it is a paper mill which sells custom-written papers (guaranteed to be plagiarism-free!), while (2) the link to Copyscape does NOT take you to Copyscape but to Plagiarisma.net.
Plagiarisma.net does claim to check for text matches, but is not one to be recommended – just the opposite.
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