Anti-plagiarism tools like Turnitin.com cannot necessarily detect paraphrase tools that automatically generate alternative text for passages that users submit online ("Tools That May Discourage Quality Writing," Inside Higher Education, March 3, 2017). However, in testing some of these paraphrase tools, the quality of their wording is frequently nonsensical or too close to the original text to be of any use in a college paper.
Do you find paraphrasing from sources challenging? Why or why not?
Would you use a paraphrase generator even if the quality of their output is poor? Why or why not?
What's the best way you have found to paraphrase text?
Why Discuss Academic Integrity and Workplace Ethics?
Our society operates on the assumption that people want to do their jobs with integrity. We rely on that guideline when we trust a mechanic to fix our car, a doctor to identify what illness we have, and a restaurant chef to cook our food so it's safe to eat. It is the hope that students follow academic integrity principles so they can be assessed on their own work fairly. And when those students reach the workplace, we trust that they use the knowledge and skills learned honestly to serve their employers and clients in an ethical manner.
This blog discusses these issues proactively to encourage integrity in college and at work. The information provided is for educational use only. Views expressed are not reflective of the Lone Star College System.