Docs Detective

Getting Started

Docs detective is a plagirism detection service that scans documents that are in Google Docs for plagiarism.

There are two steps involved in the plagiarism detection process.  

  1. Submitting the document for processing
  2. Reviewing and marking the results

Docs Detective does all the heavy lifting by scanning the web for similar phrases, grouping text and documents, and organizing the results.

Submitting a document

Docs Detective makes it easy to check documents in Google Docs for plagiarism.  To submit a document click the Scan Document button which will open a dialog box where you can select a document to scan. Double clicking the document will start the scan.  If the document you want to scan does not appear in the list of documents open Google Docs and verify that the document is type Document.[1]

After a moment the document will appear in the Needs Review section and a progress bar will show status of the scan.  When the scan is complete, the results are ready for review.  A three page document with mostly original text takes about a minute to scan.

Documents can be scanned again after they have been revised.

Marking the results

Document Without Plagiarism

If a document contains all original text it will show up in the Needs Review list.  Clicking the green Mark as Reviewed text will move the document out of the Needs Review list.

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A document that contains all original text.

Document With Plagiarism

This section will walk through marking a document that contains plagiarism.

Results may contain multiple sections of text, each of which match web documents.  In this case the document contains two sections.

When a document contains text that matches text from the internet the summary page will highlight that text in yellow.  The original text will be hidden making the matching text easy to scan.

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Summary of a document that contains two sections that match documents on the internet.

Clicking the Show More button will reveal the hidden text.  The text below is highlighted in blue providing a subtle que of which text will be hidden if the Show Less button is clicked.

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Expanding original text for most context.

Side by side comparison screen contains the buttons to mark a section as plagiarism or a valid quote.

The document on the left is the students document with one section highlighted.  On the right are the web pages that match this section. Each section that contains potential plagiarism can be marked individually.

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Side by side view of plagiarized text.

This document contains two sections that match documents on the web, one has been marked as a valid quote, and the other has been marked as plagiarism.  The summary screen now reflects the reviewed document.  If one or more sections are marked as plagiarized the entire document is labeled as containing plagiarism.

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Summary of document with plagiarized text and a valid quote.

After a document marked its moved out of the Needs Review list into the Reviewed list.

The summary page can be printed by clicking the Print button.

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[1] Google Docs supports other document types besides Documents, such as Spreadsheets and Presentations.  Currently Docs Detective only supports Documents.  To scan a PDF, convert it to a Document using Google Docs.