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[Xmca-l] Re: Help with Plagiarism software

See the work of Weber and Wuff for a study about the ineffectiveness of software.


Dr. Nancy Mack
Professor of English

From: xmca-l-bounces+nancy.mack=wright.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces+nancy.mack=wright.edu@mailman.ucsd.edu> on behalf of Charles Bazerman <bazerman@education.ucsb.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:43 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Help with Plagiarism software

There was some discussion of this issue on the Writing list WPA-L some time ago and the archives are open if you want to search.  if I remember the gist it was that google scholar searches were much more reliable as were several open access alternatives to Turnitin and similar products. In my own experience i found a simple system of doing exact word searches on the most sophisticated formulations, of perhaps a sentence or long phrase in length, from papers I suspected.  It almost always took me rapidly to the copied source.  Then once the suspicion was confirmed I could do more thorough text comparisons, as well as looking for other cut and paste sources.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Lake <boblake@georgiasouthern.edu>
Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 8:09 pm
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Help with Plagiarism software
To: "eXtended Mind, Culture Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>

> Google scholar works pretty well
> On Jul 1, 2014 7:41 PM, "Elinami Swai" <swaiev@gmail.com> wrote:
> > My university is in the process of instituting plagiarism check for
> > all the MA and PhD theses and dissertations.
> > The IT guys say it is too expensive (about US $ 50,000) and this has
> > led to shelving the idea for now. I will appreciate if anybody can
> > give me a pointer and options.
> >
> > Kind Regards.
> > Elinami
> >
> > --
> > Dr. Elinami Swai
> > Senior Lecturer
> > Associate Dean
> > Coordinator, Postgraduate Studies
> > Faculty of Education
> > Open University of Tanzania
> > P.O.Box 23409
> > Dar-Es-Salaam
> > Tell:255-022-2668992/2668820/2668445/26687455
> >  Fax:022-2668759
> > Cell: (255) 076-722-8353; (255) 068-722-8353
> > http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Womens-Empowerment-Africa-Dislocation/dp/
> > 0230102484
> >