The City University of New York

Academic Integrity 

A Project of the

University Faculty Senate
 of the
City University of New York
Editor: Philip A. Pecorino

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Plagiarism Resources

** Best MASTER SITE:**  by Sharon Stoerger MLS, MBA


Digital Plagiarism and other forms of Cheating : It Is Easier Than Ever

Some Examples:

Simple "Tips and Tricks" Web Sites  The Blur of Insanity Cheating Tricks    

In-Class Exercise Check out this page for detailed descriptions of how students cheat


Combating Cheating and Plagiarism

PlagiariPlagiarism in Colleges in USA:

Center The Center for Academic Integrity:

PlagiariPlagiarism Policy at the University of Michigan English Department:

The Plagiarism Handbook: 

Selected Anti-Plagiarism Sites
Self-described “online resource for educators concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism.” and
“The Instructors Guide to Internet Plagiarism.”
A commercial service that checks student papers against its paper database. It bills itself as a plagiarism-prevention service.
A free service that checks a 1K chunk of text against Internet resources for plagiarism. Written samples are not added to their database.

EVE (Essay Verification Engine)
A downloadable application that performs complex searches against text, Microsoft Corp. Word files, and Corel Corp. WordPerfect files.

A free site that checks against paper mill sites to find copied text.    scans the Web for matching sentences or whole documents, instead of just keywords

This service takes a digital fingerprint of the student's paper, then scans the Internet and the group's own database looking for matches, highlighting passages that match and providing links to the online source., a popular service, offers a simple method that allows both teachers and students to submit papers to electronic scrutiny. The service compares the paper against millions of Web sites, a database of previous submissions and papers offered by the so-called term-paper mills. then sends a report with the results to the teacher. High schools using this service pay around $1,000 a year for an unlimited number of submissions. Colleges pay roughly $2,000. Dr. John M. Barrie, a founder of, estimated that of all the work submitted to the site, nearly one-third is copied in whole or in part from another source.


Thoughts well worth considering from George Otte, CUNY

Along with all new technologies there are positive and negative effects. The world wide web is not an exception to this. Does the Internet make it easier for students to plagiarize? Unfortunately, the answer is yes....

This is a point well-taken. What too few students -- and, frankly, too few faculty -- realize is how much easier the Internet makes the catching of e-plagiarists. Anything found on the Web can be found again, and very easily. The key is effective use of search engines. For those who want a basic introduction, -- -- offers a good introduction to the ever-proliferating variety. Especially useful means of tracking down plagiarized material are full-text search engines like AltaVista ( and ones with obsessively refreshed and updated indexes like that of ( The trick, especially for full-text searches, is to drop in a string of words -- less than a sentence but enough to be a distinctive (maybe even unique) combination.

Such tracking down is literally push-button easy, and getting easier all the time. The latest wave (not all that recent, really) is of so-called metasearch engines (search engines that search the search engines and return results for, say, ten or more of them. Some of the better-known ones are
Dogpile, Mamma, and MetaCrawler.

Given the ease of tracking down information, the real issue for students and faculty alike ought to be what to do with it. Information should be used, not cut-and-pasted. Assignments should ask students to do more than just report information, and students should understand that research usually has a purpose or point beyond re-presenting what someone else has presented. It's these things we ought to focus on, especially since tracking down stuff (whether as sources or as evidence of plagiarism) has become so easy.

Software to detect plagiarism:

  1. Plagiarism Tracker :

    " Students can also benefit from our plagiarism detection software by having their essays or research papers checked for any plagiarism that may have been committed in their work. Many college and university students face extreme penalties for plagiarism such as failing an assignment, loss of privileges, academic probation, or even expulsion. In some cases, punishments can include lawsuits, criminal charges, and sometimes imprisonment. Even if you commit unintentional plagiarism, it can still be viewed as plagiarism in the eyes of the law. Why risk being penalized for plagiarism when with you can be 100% sure that your writing is unique?"

2. CopyCatch:


  1. WCopyfind

This Program examines a collection of document files. It extracts the text portions of those documents and looks through them for matching words in phrases of a specified minimum length. When it finds two files that share enough words in those phrases, WCopyfind generates html report files. These reports contain the document text with the matching phrases underlined.

What WCopyfind can do: It can find documents that share large amounts of text. This result may indicate that one file is a copy or partial copy of the other, or that they are both copies or partial copies of a third document.

What WCopyfind cannot do: It cannot search for text that was copied from any external source, unless you include that external source in the documents you give to WCopyfind. It works on only purely local data—it cannot search the web or internet to find matching documents. If you suspect that a particular outside source has been copied, you must create a local document containing that outside material and include this document in the collection of documents that you give to WCopyfind.

Download WCopyfind Program

Read WCopyfind Instructions

GNU General Public License information – Wcopyfind is free software, but is covered by a license that places certain restrictions on its use, modification, and distribution.

For Experts Only:  Download WCopyfind Source (a Microsoft Visual C++ Workspace)


Commercial Anti-Plagiarism Services: Do they Work?
Some Examples:
1.  Glatt Services now offering Turnitin
2. FindSame
3. Integriguard
4. How Original? (from Integriguard)

Search Engines & Plagiarism Some Links:
1. AltaVista
2. Google
3. Fast Search
4. Metacrawler

Tips for Recognizing and Avoiding The Problem
Some Examples:
1. Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers
3. Electronic Plagiarism Seminar
4. Cut-And-Paste Plagiarism
5. How to Detect and Combat Plagiarism
6. Strategies for avoidance from BMCC CUNY Site
Some Articles:
1. Student Plagiarism in an Online World
2. Copy these Strategiess to Avoid Plagiarism by Students
3. How Teachers Can Reduce Cheating's Lure

Anti-Plagiarism Resources

The Center for Academic Integrity
An association of more than 225 institutions that provides a forum for identifying and promoting the values of academic integrity.

Sample Honor Codes 

Fundamental Values 

What is Plagiarism?
Guidelines from the Georgetown University Honor Council.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Guidelines from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs at the University of California, Davis.  

Carnegie Mellon University- Discussion and Guide 


On Academic Integrity: Materials from the Center for Ethics at USD  

Academic Integrity and the World Wide Web  

CEPE2000  Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry  Dartmouth College   July 14-16, 2000

Lawrence M. Hinman   University of San Diego  "Academic Integrity and the World Wide Web"

Bernard Gert  Dartmouth College  "Cheating"  


10th Annual Meeting  Center for Academic Integrity  Colorado Springs, Colorado  November, 2000

Keynote Address  Gen. Malham M. Wakin, USAF, Ret.

Research Update   Don McCabe &  Susan Stearns

Ethical Development  Elizabeth Kiss &  Gary Pavela

A Student Fishbowl: A Conversation on Ethical Development Elizabeth Kiss et al.

11th Annual Meeting  Center for Academic Integrity,  2001

Keynote Address   Elizabeth Kiss
Keynote Address    Don McCabe An Overview of Research on Academic Integrity

On-line Academic Integrity Codes

On-line Honor Codes


 the compiler of this list : Dr. Philip Pecorino, QCC, CUNY