New measures to help detect cheating students are being demonstrated at a meeting of the Plagiarism Advisory Service at Northumbria University. One new online service can scan 4.5 billion web pages so that lecturers can check the originality of the work submitted by students.
A survey of around 350 undergraduates found nearly 25% had copied text from another source at least once.
Student Tom Lenham said of the statistics: "That's a pretty modest interpretation of the situation at the moment."
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