Grading essays on Gilgamesh today, I began to wonder if one or two of my student had actually written what it was they submitted. After I discovered a quote from dictionary.com that SafeAssign missed, I began to get worried.
Fishing around the internet I found several (OK, hundreds) of papers written on Gilgamesh that are available for free downloads. In the spirit of scientific discovery, I uploaded a few papers from Custom Essay Meister to SafeAssign. SafeAssign didn’t catch the site at all; it only recognized that some of the content had been pulled from yet other websites (which only goes to show that there is no honor among thieves).
What was most interesting to me is that Custom Essay Meister even has a disclaimer on the bottom of the essays that reads:
While free essays can be traced by Turnitin (plagiarism detection program), our custom written papers will pass any plagiarism test, guaranteed. Our writing service will save you time and grade.
Why is it that Turnitin will catch it but not SafeAssign? My working theory is that it is because the internet search engine that SafeAssign uses is not as robust as that of Turnitin. Or to put it more simply: SafeAssign sucks.
However, there is no need to worry. I’m currently uploading every free paper I can find into SafeAssign’s database so that this won’t continue to be a problem.