The act of plagiarism is a serious ethical act in the academic world and in the world of writing. Plagiarism is claiming someone else's thoughts, language, ideas or original work is your own. In the world of academics, plagiarism can get a student expelled from school and possibly expelled from the academic world. A claim of plagiarism can be a blight on a student which can carry from the school in which he/she is enrolled to the vocation that he/she may wish to pursue.
When writing an essay or research paper, plagiarism is a lot easier to commit than one might expect. Sometimes the student may inadvertently copy the ideas of another and omit citing these ideas in footnotes or in text citations. When this happens, even though the text may not be an exact replica, the student is committing plagiarism. It is of the utmost importance to cite another person's work in this manner, even if the words are changed but still contain the information that was pulled from the original writer's work.
There are several ways to avoid plagiarism, but the best way is to use an online program which can technologically find the copied work. A plagiarism program which is found online can be a definite life-saver for the student who wishes to avoid plagiarism. There are two plagiarism programs which can be found online that do an excellent job of finding plagiarism in the student's work. Those two plagiarism programs are Turnitin and Copyscape.
If a teacher suspects plagiarism, or even wishes to be sure that the student has not committed plagiarism, the teacher may use the Turnitin or Copyscape plagiarism program to test the student's work after the student has turned it in.
The Turnitin plagiarism program can be found by simply placing Turnitin.com in the URL search line on the student's computer. Once the student hits the search arrow, the plagiarism program comes up. The Turnitin plagiarism program has many aspects of the program. It can not only check the student's work for plagiarism, but can facilitate a peer review of the essay or term paper. This program is essential for the student whose teacher must check each student to verify original work. Many college level professors use the Turnitin plagiarism program on all work handed into them. By using the Turnitin program yourself, the student can find possible mistakes they have made and go back and cite anything that may have been quoted or reported by the original author.
Another excellent plagiarism program is Copyscape. All the student has to do is put Copyscape.com in the URL search line on the student's computer. After pushing the arrow the Copyscape title page will come up. There is a very comprehensive video explaining the Copyscape program and all the student has to do is select “Video Intro to Copyscape”. A video plus written instructions on how to use the Copyscape plagiarism program pops up and the student can read or listen to the various plagiarism programs that Copyscape has to offer him/her. After viewing the video, the student will be able to choose different options to check his/her own work to ensure that he/she has not committed any plagiarism.
Plagiarism is a serious act and the student who is careful about handing in original work must ensure that his/her work is not plagiarized. The Copyscape and Turnitin plagiarism programs are the best ways to make sure that the student does not commit plagiarism and is not held accountable for plagiarism by the teacher.