Plagiarism is a term that generally connotes to stealing or unlawfully using someone else’s ideas. And quite a lot of people have been engaged in this plagiarism activity without impunity for decades. With the rapid advancement of information technology and the arrival of faster modes of communication, a lot of university students, professors, and academics are seeking help from the scientific works of researchers. Seeking help is something else and unlawfully using someone else’s ideas for personal assignments and doctoral thesis is entirely another thing.
The problem of plagiarism grew as the world became a smaller place. The works of every other academic are available on the internet via online libraries. And there is no mechanism to ensure that they never get copied by a con student or a lousy professor. The Guttenberg plagiarism scandal has even upped the ante.
People are finding it quite hard to believe how a part-time student and a full-time politician can earn his Doctorate degree by just plagiarizing news articles, embassy cables, and parliamentary debates. It has also put the system of check and balance over advanced research into question. A lot of people, usually in academics of North America, are raising the hue and cry over this scandal as well.
The question is what should be done to counter these types of nefariously unethical and horribly immoral activities in the field of academic research.
The idea of manually checking every research paper for it being copied is just out of the question as it is practically impossible to manually check each and every article for plagiarism.
Given these circumstances, there is a dire need for some software that could practically check every article, journal, or PowerPoint presentation for plagiarism. Although it seems to be an idea directly taken from science fiction, a check paper for plagiarism has finally arrived to relieve the poor academics of their plagiarized miseries.