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Plagiarism detection 'made easier for those in teaching jobs'

21/06/2010 Joanna
More employees in teaching jobs are getting extra help to combat plagiarism, as one expert says children as young as 11 should be taught how to reference their work.

According to a report in the Guardian, instances of students copying and pasting from websites are on the rise, so more schools and colleges are starting to use special software which helps identify cheats.

The Turnitin package analyses coursework and compares it to items held in a huge online database in order to indicate situations where an item is too close to a previous publication.

Ahead of a three-day gathering at Northumbria University of those in education jobs looking to battle plagiarism, software producer Barry Calvert said sixth form heads were calling for year seven pupils to be taught how to credit their work properly.

The conference, organised by the Plagiarism Advice Service, will see experts from all over the world gather to share advice and suggestions on best practice.

According to the Telegraph, MPs have been calling for criminal convictions for those selling essays across the internet.

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