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How to Recognize Plagiarism

Changes in the Tutorial and Certification Tests

The tutorial and test on How to Recognize Plagiarism was originally developed for use by students in the Instructional Systems Technology (IST) department at Indiana University, starting in September, 2002. As others have since discovered these online resources, usage has been increasing dramatically each year.

In 2008, web logs indicated that about 181,000 Certificates were issued, while in 2012 over 661,000 Certificates were awarded, with about 97% of the traffic to the site coming from outside Indiana University. In 2013, there were over 6.9 million accesses to the online tutorial and test. A Google search for "plagiarism test" typically yields a link to this site at the top of the first page of the search results, which means that many other sites (also with high Google page ranks) now provide links to our web site.

We have learned through correspondence initiated by instructors that many now require their students to take this test. We have no control over who uses our tests and for what purposes. Our goal has always been to help people understand what plagiarism is, so that they do not commit plagiarism in their writing and presentations. Anyone is welcome to use our learning resources and tests on this site for non-profit educational purposes. Test item pools remain proprietary and are not available for duplication elsewhere. This service is provided free of charge. Tests and content are maintained by a few volunteer graduate students and an emeritus faculty member in IST at Indiana University who have donated their time and effort.

Based on feedback we have received from college and high school instructors whose students use our online resources, we made the following changes in 2013-14:

See AECT presentation on history of plagiarism test, 2002-2014 (PDF, 5.7mb)