Plagiarism has become a problem that extends far beyond the realms of academic papers or other printed materials. Plagiarism has extended into the realms of the internet. There are some people that do not see the harm in copying the work or original ideas of others and in the context of borrowing use the plagiarized content without permission or disguise it as their own. Plagiarism is stealing, an act of fraud, and a serious offense.
According to U.S copyright laws, the expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property and is protected by copyright laws. Actions that constitute plagiarism include submission of works that belong to another as your own; use of words and ideas of others without giving credit; failure to include quotation marks; providing incorrect source information; paraphrasing without giving credit.
With proper education and resources most acts of plagiarism can be avoided simply by citing the appropriate sources and acknowledging credit to the original author for the referenced material. Other plagiarism prevention resources include use of software that has been specifically designed to detect plagiarized or duplicate materials. Several of the top developers of such software include:
Copyscape is a plagiarism detection system. Content owners and website owners can use the system to prevent or locate copies of their work used without permission. Users can also use the system to research the originality of specific content, web pages, or even entire sites.
DocCop is plagiarism detection tool runs a correlation match between document-to-document and document-to-web. The system is easy to use and results are provided in a detailed report.
DupliChecker is a website designed to facilitate the detection of plagiarism. Writers can go to the site to check their content and the content of others to authenticate the sections that may be duplicate or plagiarized material.
Turnitin a software company that specializes in plagiarism detection and originality checking for academic materials like student papers, scholarly journals, periodicals, books and web pages.
iThenticate specializes in plagiarism detection, IP protection, and document-to-document comparison. The content is authenticated across a network of over 80,000 newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, books and over 13.5 billing web pages.
WriteCheck specializes in plagiarism detection for students to check their own work for proper citations and avoid accidental plagiarism. Students can submit their work and review the content of the results to see which sections of their work are considered unoriginal and the student should ensure they have properly cited that content.
PlagiarismChecker is a site designed for plagiarism detection. User can check a document or a web page. The content of the material is copied and pasted into the text field the site then takes that text and run it through a Google search and confirms if there are any existing results or no results for that text. In other words, it checks Google for copies of that text on the web.
Other available resources for the prevention of plagiarism include the usage of Writing Style Guides including APA, CSE, MLA, Chicago and many others. These resources address different styles of writing and are designed to facilitate accuracy and the avoidance of plagiarism.