What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of another person as one's own. Plagiarism, which is often termed as "fraud", can also occur when academic work fails to properly credit the sources from which research comes.
What is the purpose of plagiarism?
Individuals will often plagiarize because they are either too busy, too lazy, too crunched for time or lack the needed organizational skills to create their own work. One can use a plagiarism detection tool to prevent, discourage and detect plagiarism. Turnitin is integrated with Assignments tool in OWL to check students' submissions for originality; other free online detection tools are also available.
How to detect plagiarism
Each tool will have specific instructions for use. See the OWL Tools - Assignments page for information on enabling plagiarism detection in your course sites.