Kimbel Library Presentations
Cheating 101: Detecting Plagiarized Papers
- Writing style, language, vocabulary, tone, grammar, etc. is above or below what the
student usually produces. It doesn't sound like the student.
- Spelling or idioms used are not found in the students' native language, using English
spellings or phrasing in an American paper and vice versa.
- Sections or sentences do not relate to the overall content of the paper. Students may
"personalize" a paper by adding a paragraph that ties the paper to the class assignment.
- Pronouns do not agree with the gender of the writer.
- Look for strange text at the top or bottom of printed pages.
- Look for gray letters in the text, often an indication that the page was downloaded from
the web, since color letters on a screen show up gray in a printout.
- Essays are printed out from the student's web browser.
- Web addresses left at the top or bottom of the page. Many free essays have a tag line at
the end of the essay that students often miss.
- Strange or poor layout. Papers that have been downloaded and re-printed often have page
numbers, headings, or spacing that just don't look right.
- References to graphs, charts, or accompanying material that isn't there.
- References to professors, classes or class numbers that are not taught at Coastal Carolina
- Quotes in the paper do not have citations.
- Citations are to materials not owned by Kimbel Library or are all from another country.
- Citations in the bibliography or works cited can not be verified.
- Citations in the paper are not included in the works cited.
- Web sites listed in citations are inactive.
- All citations are to materials that are older than five years.
- References are made to historical persons or events in the current sense.
- Students can not identify citations or provide copies of the cited material.
- Students can not summarize the main points of the paper or answer questions about specific
sections of the paper.
- When provided with a page from their paper that has words or passages removed, students
can not fill in the blanks with the missing words or with reasonable synonyms.
Cheating 101: Homepage
Peggy Bates/Margaret Fain
Date Last Modified: Mar 23, 2009
Page URL: http://www.coastal.edu