Teachers who use computer programs to fight plagiarism should do so with a heaping dose of skepticism, reports the Dallas Morning News. Researchers at Texas Tech University tested two popular software programs that scan students' essays for signs of plagiarism. The programs compare students' work against a database of internet articles and academic journals and other essays. If a student uses the same phrases as something in the database, the essay is flagged. But more often than not, the Tech team found, what the computer programs flagged wasn't plagiarism--it was common phrases such as "global warming" or "illegal immigration" or...

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