Turnitin Study Reveals 10 Most Frequent and Problematic Types of Plagiarism in Student Writing

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Turnitin, the global leader in originality checking and plagiarism prevention, today announced the results of a new survey of nearly 900 instructors that classifies the most frequent and troubling forms of plagiarism. According to instructors, blatant plagiarism—submitting another’s writing word-for-word as one’s own—is the most prevalent and troublesome type of plagiarism seen in the classroom.

The survey asked higher and secondary education instructors to rank the frequency and problematic nature of 10 distinct types of plagiarism as defined by the Turnitin Plagiarism Spectrum. The Spectrum uses clever digital terminology to identify the types of plagiarism and assigns a severity level for each form based on the degree of student intent.

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