Essay Verification Engine

Contents of this Webpage

I.  Plagiarism Facilitation Sites

II. Detecting Plagiarism

III. Avoiding or Reducing or Mitigating Against Plagiarism

IV. Academic Integrity

I.  Plagiarism Facilitation Sites

Digital Plagiarism and other forms of Cheating : It Is Easier Than Ever

Some examples of sites with prepared or custom papers for sale or use:

Simple "Tips and Tricks" Web Sites  The Blur of Insanity Cheating Tricks    

In-Class Exercise Check out this page for detailed descriptions of how students cheat

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II. Detecting Plagiarism

Selected Anti-Plagiarism Sites

CopyCatch Gold

EVE (Essay Verification Engine)
A downloadable application that performs complex searches against text, Microsoft Corp. Word files, and Corel Corp. WordPerfect files.

EVE2: Essay Verification Engine

Findsame    scans the Web for matching sentences or whole documents, instead of just keywords

Glatt Plagiarism Program
A free service that checks a 1K chunk of text against Internet resources for plagiarism. Written samples are not added to their database.

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC): Electronic Plagiarism Detection


Library Electronic Databases

Self-described �online resource for educators concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism.� and
�The Instructors Guide to Internet Plagiarism.�
A commercial service that checks student papers against its paper database. It bills itself as a plagiarism-prevention service.

This service takes a digital fingerprint of the student's paper, then scans the Internet and the group's own database looking for matches, highlighting passages that match and providing links to the online source., a popular service, offers a simple method that allows both teachers and students to submit papers to electronic scrutiny. The service compares the paper against millions of Web sites, a database of previous submissions and papers offered by the so-called term-paper mills. then sends a report with the results to the teacher. High schools using this service pay around $1,000 a year for an unlimited number of submissions. Colleges pay roughly $2,000. Dr. John M. Barrie, a founder of, estimated that of all the work submitted to the site, nearly one-third is copied in whole or in part from another source.


Thoughts well worth considering from George Otte, CUNY

Along with all new technologies there are positive and negative effects. The world wide web is not an exception to this. Does the Internet make it easier for students to plagiarize? Unfortunately, the answer is yes....

This is a point well-taken. What too few students -- and, frankly, too few faculty -- realize is how much easier the Internet makes the catching of e-plagiarists. Anything found on the Web can be found again, and very easily. The key is effective use of search engines. For those who want a basic introduction, -- -- offers a good introduction to the ever-proliferating variety. Especially useful means of tracking down plagiarized material are full-text search engines like AltaVista ( and ones with obsessively refreshed and updated indexes like that of ( The trick, especially for full-text searches, is to drop in a string of words -- less than a sentence but enough to be a distinctive (maybe even unique) combination.

Such tracking down is literally push-button easy, and getting easier all the time. The latest wave (not all that recent, really) is of so-called metasearch engines (search engines that search the search engines and return results for, say, ten or more of them. Some of the better-known ones are Dogpile, Mamma, and MetaCrawler.

Given the ease of tracking down information, the real issue for students and faculty alike ought to be what to do with it. Information should be used, not cut-and-pasted. Assignments should ask students to do more than just report information, and students should understand that research usually has a purpose or point beyond re-presenting what someone else has presented. It's these things we ought to focus on, especially since tracking down stuff (whether as sources or as evidence of plagiarism) has become so easy.

Software to detect plagiarism:

  1. CopyCatch:


  3. WCopyfind

This prProgram examines a collection of document files. It extracts the text portions of those documents and looks through them for matching words in phrases of a specified minimum length. When it finds two files that share enough words in those phrases, WCopyfind generates html report files. These reports contain the document text with the matching phrases underlined.

What WCopyfind can do: It can find documents that share large amounts of text. This result may indicate that one file is a copy or partial copy of the other, or that they are both copies or partial copies of a third document.

What WCopyfind cannot do: It cannot search for text that was copied from any external source, unless you include that external source in the documents you give to WCopyfind. It works on only purely local data�it cannot search the web or internet to find matching documents. If you suspect that a particular outside source has been copied, you must create a local document containing that outside material and include this document in the collection of documents that you give to WCopyfind.

Download WCopyfind Program

Read WCopyfind Instructions

GNU General Public License information � Wcopyfind is free software, but is covered by a license that places certain restrictions on its use, modification, and distribution.

For Experts Only:  Download WCopyfind Source (a Microsoft Visual C++ Workspace)


Comparison of Plagiarism Detection Tools

Commercial Anti-Plagiarism Services: Do they Work?
Some Examples:
1.  Glatt Services now offering Turnitin
2. FindSame
3. Integriguard
4. How Original? (from Integriguard)

Search Engines & PlagiarismSome Links:
1. AltaVista
2. Google
3. Fast Search
4. Metacrawler

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III. Avoiding or Reducing or Mitigating Against Plagiarism

Tips for Recognizing and Avoiding The Problem

Some Examples:

1. Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers


3. Electronic Plagiarism Seminar

4. Cut-And-Paste Plagiarism

5. How to Detect and Combat Plagiarism

6. Strategies for avoidance from BMCC CUNY Site

7.Plagiarism handout is designed to help writers develop strategies for knowing how to avoid accidental plagiarism.

8.The New Plagiarism:Seven Antidotes to Prevent Highway Robbery in an Electronic Age by Jamie McKenzie

9. Student Plagiarism in an Online World

10. Copy these Strategies to Avoid Plagiarism by Students

11. How Teachers Can Reduce Cheating's Lure

12.  Plagiarism: What It Is and How To Avoid It (MIT site)

Anti-Plagiarism Resources: Combating Cheating and Plagiarism

Anti-Plagiarism StrategiesThis article discusses strategies for preventing student plagiarism and detecting its occurrence. Online service for preventing plagiarism, deterring scholarly dishonesty and cheating, and raising academic ethics. Detects plagiarized papers by comparing

PlagiariPlagiarism in Colleges in USA:

SCenteSample Honor Codes 

Plagiari Plagiarism Policy at the University of Michigan English Department:

The Plagiarism Handbook: 

What is Plagiarism?
Guidelines from the Georgetown University Honor Council.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Guidelines from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs at the University of California, Davis.  

Carnegie Mellon University- Discussion and Guide 

Plagiarism and the Web (Western Illinois U site)

Evaluating What You Find in the Library and on the Internet (MIT again)



Plagiarism in Philosophy

George MacDonald Ross "Plagiarism in Philosophy: Prevention Better than Cure"    January 2004

George MacDonald Ross "Plagiarism Really Is a Crime: A Counterblast against Anarchists, Postmodernists (and others)", 2004  A critique of those who refuse to take plagiarism seriously
by    George MacDonald Ross, Director
Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy
School of Philosophy, University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT UK
+44 (0)113-343-3283

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IV. Academic Integrity

On Academic Integrity: Materials from the Center for Ethics at USD  

Academic Integrity and the World Wide Web  

  • Lawrence M. Hinman, �Academic Integrity and the World Wide Web,� Computers and Society, Vol. 31, No. 1 (March 2002), pp. 33-42.

  • _____, "Virtual Virtues," "The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives in Academia," Ethics and Information Technology, Volume 4 no. 1 (February 2002), pp. 31-35.

  • _____, "Academic Integrity and the World Wide Web." Workshop presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Center for Academic Integrity, Colorado Springs, November, 2000.

  • _____, "Download Your Workload, Offload Your Integrity," Los Angeles Times November 15, 1999, Monday, Metro; Part B; Page 7; Op Ed Desk.

  • _____, "Cultivating Integrity to Combat Plagiarism," San Diego Union-Tribune, October 2, 1997

  • _____, "Virtual Virtues: Academic Integrity and the World Wide Web."  Center for Academic Integrity 9th Annual Conference.  Duke University.  October 16, 1999.

  • Center for Academic Integrity, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University

  • Talk of the Nation: Cheating in Schools, with

    • Louis Bloomfield, Professor of Physics, University of Virginia

    • Don McCabe, Founding President, Center for Academic Integrity, Duke University. Professor of Management Studies, Rutgers University

    • Thomas Hall, Senior at the University of Virginia, Chair of the University of Virginia Honor Committee

    • Advances in technology have changed he way students learn, and in some cases, how they cheat. Experts say the number of students turning in term papers downloaded from the internet is on the rise. But technology is also helping professors weed out cheaters in the classroom. And new computer programs are helping to find plagiarists. Is cheating on the rise in colleges?

Fundamental Values 

CEPE2000  Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry  Dartmouth College   July 14-16, 2000

Lawrence M. Hinman   University of San Diego  "Academic Integrity and the World Wide Web"

Bernard Gert  Dartmouth College  "Cheating" 

10th Annual Meeting  Center for Academic Integrity  Colorado Springs, Colorado  November, 2000

Keynote Address  Gen. Malham M. Wakin, USAF, Ret.

Research Update   Don McCabe &  Susan Stearns

Ethical Development  Elizabeth Kiss &  Gary Pavela

A Student Fishbowl: A Conversation on Ethical Development Elizabeth Kiss et al.

11th Annual Meeting  Center for Academic Integrity,  2001

Keynote Address   Elizabeth Kiss

Keynote Address    Don McCabe An Overview of Research on Academic Integrity

On-line Academic Integrity Codes

On-line Honor Codes


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When students submit requests to writing services websites, they want to be sure that they will get non-plagiarized essays only. Uniqueness of a paper he or she buys is one of the main requirements of all customers and a promise of services providers, which shows their reliability.

Providing original essays for sale is a key point stated in Terms of Conditions of all web sites that offer writing services. In addition, providers assure their clients that plagiarism level will not exceed 10%.

Though some services have proved their credibility and earned clients’ trust, it would be better for students to double-check if a paper they received is truly original. If it is not, one should at the same time demand a free revision or a refund.

To tell if your essay is original or plagiarized, you should arm with steady going software that checks text content for plagiarism. Let’s outline some of such online services to make your solution easier.

The list of Top 10 plagiarism detection systems is provided below.

  • Copyscape
  • iThenticate
  • Viper
  • Plagiarism Detect
  • University of Maryland Dustball Plagiarism Checker
  • (formerly Duplichecker)
  • EVE2: Essay Verification Engine


Don’t use TurnItIn to check if you have plagiarism in your paper! TurnItIn will automatically add your document to its database and you work will loose its uniqueness. Use only services that scan your text and do not add it to archives.

The aforementioned solutions are widely used by those, who work with texts each day all over the world. Some of them are free of charge, while the others are offered on paid basis. Some of them are ordinary programs with text-boxes and “Search” button, meanwhile the others are full of various additional features. It would be better for you to look closer at each of them and decide which one satisfies you completely.

No matter which one you will pick, it will show whether a writing service is honest and offers an original essay for sale or it cheats clients and provides plagiarized products. Such service must be detected and banned for fraud.

To make sure that you spend your money reasonably and order non-plagiarized essays, you should conduct a research and make a list of writing services you can rely on. Don’t hurry up to put on it all variants from the first page of search results. Study all pros and cons of each service that seems relevant. Compare prices and read comments on review sites. Your decision should be verified. Do not use doubtful and downscale services.

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