Magazine article ASEE Prism

Your Cheatin' Hard Drive

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Your Cheatin' Hard Drive

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AUSTRALIA-Plagiarism on campus is a major scourge down under, as it is throughout the rest of the world. In a recent study of papers in a variety of courses, including engineering, researchers discovered that nearly 9 percent of Australian college students had pilfered large quantities of text from the Internet. Now schools are trying to figure out what to do about it.

Sydney's University of Technology has become the first in New South Wales licensed to use turnitin.com, a U.S.-based plagiarism-detection tracking tool. And two others, Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales, are considering anti-plagiarism programs.

The University of Technology will let its faculty members decide how to use the service. Some may submit all student papers while others may run checks on a random selection or on those of which they are suspicious. …

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