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Library Progress(International)( Library Science)(Started in 1981)
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Library Progress(International)( Library Science)(Started in 1981)
Year : 2019, Volume & Issue : LIB PRO. 39(2), JUL-DEC 2019
Page No. : 414-423, Article Type : Original Aticle
Article DOI : 10.5958/2320-317X.2019.00044.8 (Received on 03.06.2019, Accepted on 30.08.2019)

Plagiarism and Deterrence Tools: A Fight against Academic Dishonesty

Narender Kumar*, Priti Prabhakar**, Suman Dahiya***
Author’s Affiliation : *Assistant Librarian (Stage-II), Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Library, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar- 125 001, India. E-mail: [email protected] **Assistant Professor, Department of Printing Technology, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar- 125 001, India. E-mail: [email protected] ***Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar- 125 001, India. E-mail: [email protected]

Corresponding Author : Priti Prabhakar, Assistant Professor, Department of Printing Technology Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar- 125 001, India.,
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In the twenty first century, the education system is in transaction phase. The contents are taking shape into digital form even reading, study material/s and class rooms are marching towards digitization. Thereby, academic institutions and study contents are easy to access and copying also. Consequently, the plagiarism incidents occur more in the digital world. The same incidents were happened in non-digital era also but these were not traceable usually, unless/ until any one may file the complaint against concerned. Therefore, with the availability of digital contents, the scholars/students are being trapped under plagiarism act easily and frequently. Presently, among Indian academic activities, the plagiarism is a well known and overwhelming issue and stood like a giant in front of the stakeholders as most of the institutions/universities are not having the proper guidelines and policy for the same so far. Even, our education system is bearing the consequences of academic misconduct. Thereon, students and research scholars are in a dilemma that how to tackle with the same as plagiarism is not limited up to undergraduates and undergraduate courses. To overcome from this dilemma and to save the students/ scholars from accusations of plagiarism, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken the initiative to frame the policy on plagiarism and after framing the same, it is available on the website of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Any academic institution can adopt the same or with little-bit changes according to the requirement of their academic pursuit. Though, in policy the commission has not been recommended the name of any deterrence tool; however, as a deterrence tool as depicted by many studies (Melvin, 2002), Turnitin is a very prominent and effective detection tool. But its services are available on payment basis. It compares the data of uploaded documents with the data which are available online even paid vendors’ data also and flagging the suspected material, if any. Turnitin or any other plagiarism detection tools detect only the similarity of text in the uploaded document/s instead of plagiarism. However, similarity does not lead the substantial form of plagiarism. After analyzing the contents, the originality report may be uploaded. The present paper will try to explain the concept of plagiarism, deterrence tools and working of Turnitin and its role to combat with plagiarism.


Plagiarism, Deterrence Tools, ICT, Digital Contents, Similarity, Turnitin.
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