While the internet has opened up a world of information and research materials to students who wish to delve deeper into certain educational topics, it has also opened up a world of opportunity for cheating using the web. Because it is so easy to locate information using the internet, students have given in to the temptation to take materials and use them as their own. Sites like SchoolSucks.com and Cheathouse.com provide students with a multitude of pre-written papers, but many are substandard and easily spotted by a diligent teacher. “Plagiarism Stoppers” provides links to many sites that address internet cheating and help educators spot plagiarism when they see it. Links include “FindSame.com” and “How Original,” online screening programs designed to test whether certain blocks of text already exist on the internet. “The Instructor’s Guide to Internet Plagiarism” is also a useful site for educators who want to be kept up to date on all the latest developments in the cheating “industry.” Plagiarism Stoppers also provides links to web indexes on the subject of online cheating, such as Google’s “Web Plagiarism Issues Index” and About.com’s “Cheating and Education” index. It’s a useful resource for teachers and administrators who want to nip classroom dishonesty in the bud.

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http://www.ncusd203.org/central/html/where/plagiarism_stoppers.html