Detecting Plagiarism

David Woolls

in The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199572120
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Detecting Plagiarism

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Plagiarism refers to the act of copying from a written or published source, fully or partially, without attribution to that source. The need to avoid it is written into the regulations for the presentation of academic work at all universities, as well as at many colleges and schools. Subject to doctrines such as fair use, nobody can copy all or part of the work that is so protected without first obtaining permission to do so from the copyright holder. This does not necessarily have to be paid for, but it must be obtained. Detection is an investigation of a set of texts for the presence of apparent plagiarism. Automated detection provides the material for the assembly of a case. To locate any sequence when comparing documents, all systems need some sort of indexing methodology. This article, which discusses plagiarism and how it is detected, focuses on the use of computers in automated and electronic detection, and also considers digital fingerprints and matching with words, along with practical detection.

Keywords: plagiarism; detection; automatic detection; electronic detection; computers; digital fingerprints; matching with words; practical detection; indexing

Article.  6245 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Forensic Linguistics

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