Jul 15, 2015

How can I make sure that my employees’ website content isn’t plagiarized?

I have a side business that hires local college students to create content for websites. It doesn’t make me very much money and I don’t spend too much time on it, but it does turn a small profit, I get to meet interesting kids and they get to make a few bucks. These websites are usually local small businesses, and I want to be sure that the content is original. I spot check for plagiarism by copying a few sentences and pasting them into a Google search. It there a better and more effective way to go about making sure the content is original and not plagiarized, or is a Google search an acceptable check?
There is a Slate article posted today that discusses a study comparing leading anti-plagiarism software from Turnitin and Blackboard SafeAssign to a Google search. Not only did Google outperform the software that is touted as being specifically designed to catch plagiarism, it has the advantage of being free and it was faster than either Turnitin or SafeAssign. The anti-plagiarism software also has a nasty habit of falsely identifying some text as plagiarized. If I were in your shoes, I would continue to spotcheck with Google and not lose any sleep over it...nor purchase unnecessary software.

Here is a link to the Slate article: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/inside_higher_ed/2015/07/turnitin_and_safeassign_plagiarism_detection_programs_why_are_they_all_ineffective.html
You can't stop it. If it's on the web, scraper bots and others will steal it. It's just something you have to live with if you publish on the web.
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