How Do You Check for Website Validity and Plagiarism?
I got a question yesterday from a colleague about checking website validity. I wasn’t sure I understood the question that was asked, so I’m not sure I answered it correctly. She asked: Is it possible that we could learn more ways to “clear” websites as to content validity. I took this to mean that they wanted to be able to run website content through a plagiarism detector to see if the site was using content without properly citing it. I had heard of a few tools, so I shared the following.
We used to be able to run text through the plagiarism detector in Bb, but not any longer now that we’ve moved to Canvas. We should have a new district wide plagiarism detection tool by the end of this semester or summer, so there could be a way to have students check text using this tool once we get it. There are also a few online plagiarism detectors. I haven’t used them yet, but I may this semester.
turnitin.php – Free Plagiarism Scanner, Checker and Detection Tool.
- http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/url/ – Free and lets you check web site by typing in the URL.
- http://plagiarisma.net/ – Duplicate Content Checker for Students, Teachers, Writers. Free Turnitin Alternative. This one lets you scan URLs too.
I think the last two get at what the questioner was asking, at least I hope. If you’ve used any of these plagiarism tools, leave me a comment to let me know how it worked out for you.