Pragmatism and Skepticism about
Plagiarism Detection Software
University of California, Irvine
A Tale of Two Metaphors: "Metal Detectors" at Airports (David Kay) or Tests that
Generate "False Positives" (Sharon Block)
Detectors at Airports
that Generate False Positives
|Purpose is primarily deterrance
|Purpose is primarily diagnosis
|Operates in public space
|Operates in private space
|Applies to all equally
|Objectifies one party and
elevates the other to "expert"
|Labor is lessened by the machine
|Labor is created by the machine
|Guilty parties are manifestly
|Diseases or controlled
substances may only appear to be present
The "fingerprint" analogy
The "radar screen" analogy from The Center
for Academic Integrity
How is the definition of
plagiarism being shaped by technological means?
Why is "tool
literacy" dominating the debate?
Does research indicate that "cut-and-paste" plagiarism is viewed the
same way by students
as it is by their
If so, is
Rebecca Moore Howard Right that "patchwriting" is a subversively
productive, albeit immature, cultural act?
Or does the rhetoric of institutions that capitalize on plagiarism
reflect the consumerism, unfair
commodity relations, and the ideologies of class and cultural capital
from the dominant society, as Kelly Ritter claims?
In contrast to those who advocate "honor code" over software
code, I am claiming that
the issues in
the context of penalties and outcomes opens opportunities for dialogue
Rethinking our allegiances within the academy
Open Source and Freeware Alternatives
How else can plagiarism be prevented? The WPA Statement
Multiple occasions for writing
Specificity of writing prompts and situations
Pedagogical emphasis on feedback and revision.
Apprenticeship: providing models for good citation practice
Is "Being Happy about
Internet Plagiarism" Possible?
What have we discovered about the cultural practices of plagiarism
because of www.turnitin.com?
cyberculture and virtual communities
The role of print sources