Plagiarism has been the scourge of English teachers for generations. The advent of the Internet only made the problem of plagiarism worse.
Face it, back in the days when term papers were produced on a typewriter, the plagiarizer had to do a little work. If you were going to lift someone’s words, you at least had to go to the trouble of typing them onto your paper. In fact, it was often just as easy to paraphrase, to combine ideas from multiple sources, and to insert some of your own thoughts as it was to blindly steal word-for-word from another source.
Today, the easiest thing is to copy entire paragraphs or pages from a single source and paste them into one’s own paper. With this temptation. What is a teacher to do?
Problems caused by technology often have their solutions with technology. If technology is encouraging plagiarism, let’s use technology to solve plagiarism.
DigitalGYD reviewed the spectrum of free plagiarism checkers and published it in an April 2021 article entitled Top 20 Best Free Plagiarism Checker Tools Compared.
Technology caused the problem. Technology can provide the solution.
If you are a teacher, how do you detect plagiarism? If you are an author, how do you detect plagiarism of your work? What do you do when you find someone else stole your work? Let me know in the comments.