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CROWDER COLLEGE USES WEB BASED SERVICE TO PREVENT PLAGIARISM DURING TERM PAPER TIME

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 This is term paper time for a lot of college students.

     Crowder College is one of many schools using a high-tech program to prevent plagiarism.

Brook Gillaspy, a sophomore at Crowder has several classes  for which she writes papers. She says she's pretty clear on the rules of presenting her research.

"As long as you put  it in quotation marks and list some work cited document  where you got it from, when it was published, and who  it was published by, then its ok to use other peoples work. But you do have to make sure you list that or it is plagiarism," says Gillaspy.

Teachers at Crowder check students term papers through Turnitin.com.

Communications Division Chair Nina Beaver says, "We catch students, unfortunately, every semester. I don't know that there's ever been a semester that someone hasn't been caught with Turnitin.com."

The website is by subscription and uses an originality or similarity index to   show the percentage of text in a student's assignment or paper that matches content in Turnitin databases."

Composition teacher Stephanie Witcher says, "The idea is, it scans their paper, compares it with millions of sources to make sure that what they write is their own, and if it's not, that they've attributed it correctly."

 Attribution is something teachers say is an important skill.

Beaver says, "If the students use their sources properly it not only doesn't hurt their paper, it helps their paper because they're giving evidence to support their position by drawing from those other sources."

Witcher says she uses the site to show students problems with their rough drafts so it can be used as a learning tool as well. But once filed, reports are scrutinized.

Witcher says, "Just  a little mistake here or there, a forgotten citation, that's not what Turnitin is about.

Turnitin is more about the cut and paste, the student who turns in something that really is not their own." 

Even with  books on college library shelves, most students do their research online which makes it easier to plagiarize.

Brook admits,"It is tempting. And it is hard to refrain from that (cut and paste) but it's just a matter of thinking of yourself. And being like what is most important. How do you want most people to see you? Do you want them to see you as a person who would cheat?"

Students caught plagiarizing fail the assignment and are reported to academic affairs. A second case of cheating means failing the class.

Three reports leads to expulsion.

 Neosho high school is piloting the program now. Officials there say English teachers are testing it in classes. Students are also able to check each other's work and all can make corrections or changes before submitting their final term papers.

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