by: Anthony Garland
Plagiarism can take on a broad range of forms. In an engineering class, the embodiment of plagiarism looks different than in an English class. Therefore the tools needed to catch plagiarism in a SOLIDWORKS class will be different than traditional academic plagiarism catching tools like Turnitin. SOLIDWORKS professors assign homework that fits into five different categories and what exactly constitutes plagiarism varies based on the assignment type. A detailed analysis of how Graderworks is used for each of these kinds of assignments can be found in the article, "ROI of Graderworks."
Since a SOLIDWORKS class requires turning in digital files, the plagiarism checking must be customized for the SOLIDWORKS class. Graderworks detects plagiarism by checking SOLIDWORKS file meta-data rather than semantic text search like TurnitIn.
After running Graderworks, the analysis.csv file contains a list of files that may be plagiarised and identifies why the file was flagged as potential plagiarism The four checks are:
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