College students use social media to cheat

Researchers at Texas Tech University in 2009 questioned the usefulness of anti-plagiarism websites like Turnitin. The academicians said the online services too often flagged common phrases and deterred students from using valuable sources in papers and essays.

Susan Lang, one of the plagiarism researchers and an associate professor at Texas Tech, said reports generated by the plagiarism software highlight many phrases that qualify as frequently used jargon, such as “global warming” or “according to a university study.”

The Texas Tech research showed that of 400 student papers flagged for further review, only two were found to be plagiarized.

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