14.0645 plagarism software

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Date: Mon Feb 05 2001 - 15:26:16 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 645.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 20:20:47 +0000
             From: cbf@socrates.Berkeley.EDU
             Subject: Plagiarism software

    I've just received some materials from a company called "turnitin"
    (www.turnitin.com). It is a service in Oakland, CA, that has
    commercialized software developed by a Berkeley graduate student in
    physics. It works like this. After an account has been established for a
    class, an "electronic drop box" is established. Students submit electronic
    versions of their papers to the drop box, and turnitin.com's computers
    analyze each paper received. Instructors then use their own passwords to
    access each student's "Originality report."

    There's a good deal of information about the corpus against which papers
    are checked as well.

    There's a related non-profit organization as well at Plagiarism.org

    Charles Faulhaber The Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    (510) 642-3782 FAX (510) 642-7589 cfaulhab@library.berkeley.edu

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