The Many Sources of “Matched Content”

The creator of Turnitin, a popular plagiarism-detection service, recently released the results of a new study that examined 40 million papers from high school and college students for “matched content.” According to an April 28th Chronicle of Higher Education article, the report “found that social and user-generated Web sites are the most popular sources for student copying.” Not far behind were academic sites, “paper mills and cheat sites.” The study, which lists the top eight sites for matched content, declined to note whether the papers properly cited the content in question. Learn more about the issues surrounding academic integrity and plagiarism by visiting the Library’s Academic Integrity Research Guide.

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