All academics, regardless of the level of the student, need to be aware that some students may take short cuts when producing academic work.
These slides (from my SlideShare account) outline five different indicators that work submitted may not all be the student’s own.
Many times, what you find when marking work will just be an indicator that something is out of place. This can lead to a more thorough search by hand.
TurnItIn, and other similar tools, are excellent as starting points, but often a specific Google search can identify parts of the web that are hidden to TurnItIn, so this approach is particularly useful.
What other indicators do academics use? Have you found any interesting plagiarism cases using indicators? Use the Comments box to share your findings.