Plagiarizing has become more of a problem in recent years with the use of the Internet. Internet users can now copy whole passages from blogs, social networking sites, or emails to use in their papers. School and work administrators, however, can easily detect plagiarism by using the Google search engine or free online plagiarism checkers.
The following passages are taken from Beginnings XIV submissions (Beginnings is an annual publication of the Ohio Literacy Resource Center; it is a collection of outstanding student writing from Adult Basic and Literacy Education programs). Every year, of the hundreds of entries submitted, the Ohio Literacy Resource Center staff find an average of five to seven plagiarized pieces. When a Beginnings submission has been plagiarized, not only is the submission rejected, but a letter about the plagiarism is sent to the student, the studentís instructor, and the program administrator.
Task 6: Plagiarism Checker
Using the following plagiarism detecting websites, discover which submissions are plagiarized and where the plagiarized material is located on the Internet. Share what you find with your group.
The Plagiarism Checker
1. Dig a grave
Dig it deep
Place a statue at my feet
On the statue place a dove
To show da world
I died for love
2. A baby girl was born, too early in the world.
From her mother's womb she was hurled.
Six weeks premature, and small as she could be,
that baby girl was me.
At three days old my heart rate spikes.
This is not what the Doctor likes.
"She's sick," he says, "she's very ill."
There was a bleed in my brain that meant to kill.
At best I'd be a shell, of what a girl is meant to be.
At worst long life was not meant for me.
But God had other plans, as you can surely see,
for here I sit writing a poem about me.
At ten days old they operated.
"A miracle took place," they stated.
Many years have passed and I'm still alive.
God is good, he makes me thrive.
Because of him, I am alive!
3. So I could call to hear your voice again
thought of you today, but that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday and days before that, too
Your memory is a keepsake from which Iíll never part
I think of you in silence and often speak your name
All I have are memories and a picture frame
God has you.
4. Do you feel free when you awake
To a nice cool breeze upon
Your face as the sun comes up?
As you look to the sky so blue
And birds soaring in air.
When flowers open their petals
Ever so softly and the wind blows
Through the trees and the sweet
Smell of tulips and fresh cut grass
Do you feel free?
As rain drops softly to the ground
And dries to the sunís warm and
As you listen to the birds singing
In the treetops and caring for
Their young or butterflies fluttering
Through the air to and fro.
Do you feel free? Do you feel free?
Ahh yes. Feel free my friend