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This is so frustrating, isn't it?  

I used Turnitin (www.turnitin.com) for a few years, thinking I was going to catch any plagiarism.  But last year when I found some phrases that were obviously not the student's, I ran it through the program and it came up clean.  So I did my own google search, typing the phrases in quotation marks.  I found about a dozen plagarized phrases.  

When I check with the Turnitin people, they explained that the program only searches for phrases of more than eight words that are plagiarized, so when students steal a seven-word phrase, they don't get caught. 

Obviously I dropped Turnitin and have been looking for better software.  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jeremy Butler 
  To: [log in to unmask] 
  Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2004 6:14 AM
  Subject: [SCREEN-L] Cheating and Student Papers


  I just stumbled across a Website (www.filmpapers.com) that provides
  pre-written papers to film students--for $10 per page. The site is
  obviously a paper mill for cheaters, but it does provide this disclaimer:

  "Question : Can I Copy From Your Papers ?
  "Not a chance - Copying the ideas of other film critics gets film
  students into REELS of trouble! Any words, ideas, thoughts, or concepts
  - derived from OUR movie reviews and film analyses MUST be
  properly-cited in your own report or term paper as originating from The
  Paper Store. Film students with questions about proper referencing
  should email us and/or consult with their instructor. Filmpapers.com is
  here to HELP you write your own analysis faster, better, and with the
  research tools you need to succeed!"

  How many students are going to fork out $50 for a 5-page paper and then
  cite "words, ideas, thoughts or concepts" as being written by "The Paper
  Store"?

  To see what sort of topics they offer, I did a keyword search on "film
  noir" and came up with the following results (see below). This is just
  the first page of dozens of papers. And, if you don't like their
  pre-written papers, they'll write a custom one for you on any topic.

  I have colleagues that use software to find cheaters and plagiarists,
  but I doubt it would detect these papers because their text is not
  online. You'd have to order (at $10 per page) copies of hundreds of
  papers in order to check for plagiarism.

  Online paper mills such as this seriously jeapordize the process of
  student paper-writing. Although if the following clumsy, improperly
  punctuated sentence from their Website is any indication of the quality
  of the papers, we may have nothing to worry about.

  "Any words, ideas, thoughts, or concepts - derived from OUR movie
  reviews and film analyses MUST be properly-cited in your own report or
  term paper as originating from The Paper Store."


  -- film noir search --

  Film Noir, McCarthyism & Paranoia
  A 9 page research paper that investigates how film noir responded to
  McCarthyism. The writer argues that at the basis of both McCarthyism and
  film noir was...
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  Film Noir/Kiss Me Deadly
  A 3 page essay/research paper that discusses the mis-en-scene elements
  of costume and makeup in relation to the opening sequence in a film noir
  classic. In...
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  The Genre of Film Noir
  This 10 page report discusses film noir and presents the main
  characteristics of the genre. The transformations that have occurred in
  the genre over the pa...
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  Film Noir
  An 8 page overview of this cinema style. Though the term “film noir” is
  French, the style originated in America largely following but partially
  in conju...
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  Film Noir Aspects of “Gilda” (1946)
  A 10 page paper which examines how this Columbia Pictures’ release
  characterizes the film noir genre, considering the style of filming and
  the relationshi...
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  Film Noir/Sunset Blvd. & The Grifters
  A 5 page research paper that analyzes how both of these films fit into
  the film noir genre. The writer argues that both films are excellent
  examples of the...
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  Spatial Strategies Of Film Noir
  6 pages in length. The very nature of film noir is to incorporate
  significant visual contrasts while at the same time portraying the
  central character as ...
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  McCarthyism and Film Noir
  This 5 page report discusses the idea that it would be useful to take
  the idea that film noir evolved in the midst of McCarthyism one more
  metaphorical l...
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  Personal Aesthetics: Beauty (aka "Beauty" in the Film Noir)
  (3 pp) If we use these four diverse definitions over time, what
  conclusions can we make? Desirable. Mental. Mystery. An awareness of
  perfection...
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  'Out of the Past': Classical Hollywood Narrative and Film Noir
  A 5 page paper which discusses the 1947 film, by Tourneur, 'Out of the
  Past,' as it relates to classical Hollywood and film noir. Bibliography
  lists 3 so...
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  Jeremy Butler
  www.ScreenSite.org
  www.TVCrit.org

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