With the emergence of the digital revolution, students can easily plagiarize and cheat. Information can be found on nearly any topic, and students can copy and paste the information into their papers and assignments using Internet search engines, DVD-based reference works, online journals, Web-based news, article databases, and other electronic sources. Plagiarism is a greater temptation with the increasing number of online term-paper mills. Students can now buy term papers online. Also, they can search research papers online and copy and paste blocks of text right into their word processors. Online plagiarism has increased due to access to papers online. However, teachers can easily detect plagiarism because papers are submitted electronically in most online courses. Teachers can run student submitted papers through plagiarism-detecting Web sites When a document is uploaded, the document’s “fingerprint” is cross-referenced against the local database containing hundreds of thousands of papers.
Below is an excellent guide written recently by Kharbach Mohamed. The guide gives an overview of plagiarism and offers 15 free tools for detecting plagiarized work.