How to Cheat TurnItIn and How to Cheat the Cheaters
After my post yesterday I started poking around the interwebs for plagiarism. I googled two things: 1) free online plagiarism checks that use Google’s algorithms to help me find content on the web, and 2) guides on how to trick SafeAssign and TurnItIn. My searches came up with both.
PlagiarismDetect.com is a website that, with a free registration, will scan documents for plagiarism not only against the web generally, but also blogs, books and .pdf’s. Very nice. However, I’m really not sure what the motives are of the administrator or what they intend to do with this vast treasure trove of undergrad papers, so I only scan questionable paragraphs rather than whole papers. The whole website could be a front for a paper mill operation for all I know!
More interestingly, I ran across a thread on Chronicles of Higher Education Forum on how to cheat TurnItIn. I recommend everyone check out the thread not only because it provides information on what to look for, but also for sheer humor. Apparently a panic-stricken and highly confused student posted a comment asking for help on gaming TurnItIn at around 5:00AM a few weeks back. Nothing like asking professor on how to cheat!
Of course, this would all be much easier if either students stopped plagiarizing or I stopped caring that they did. However, I don’t think either is likely to happen anytime soon.