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Internet Searching: Plagiarism and the Internet

This guide will enable you to understand what is available on the Internet, how to use search engines, and how to find information on the "hidden Internet." You will also learn how to evaluate Internet resources.

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Plagiarism and the Internet

Plagiarism has always been an issue for students, but the Internet makes it even easier to steal material and fail to give proper attribution. Several Web sites discuss the scope of this problem: plagiarism.org and turnitin.com.

However, just as it is easy for students to commit plagiarism, it is often easy to discover plagiarized material. Using the phrase searching skills discussed above, simply take a distinctive phrase from within a suspected text, run the search in Google, and see if you can find the source.


This guide has focused on freely available Web resources. University Libraries subscribes to dozens of licensed resources available to current faculty, students, and staff, most of which are accessible from off-campus.

The University Libraries Reference librarians can provide expert assistance regarding evaluation of Internet resources, citing Internet resources, or locating Internet resources. Much of this information can be found in the Help with Research section of the Library Website. In addition, Topical Research Guides provide subject-specific assistance to students and faculty.

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