Tutors and lecturers are able to tell if you have plagiarised, just by reading your work:
Everyone has their own writing style. It is obvious that a section of an assignment has been copied because of the changes in grammar, words used, punctuation, etc.
Your tutors are knowledgeable about their field and will know what has been written on the topic. They will be able to tell if you have copied from the books or articles on the reading list, or from other well known sources.
Tutors usually mark an entire class or year’s work – they will recognise if two assignments are similar. They are also likely to have marked the previous year’s work so may be able to tell if you have copied from someone in a different year.
In addition, the University subscribes to the JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service. This includes an electronic detection service which checks a submitted piece of work against:
- work submitted by others on the course
- previously submitted work for the course
- work from around the UK held on the service database
- over 1.8 billion websites; essays from cheat sites
- some e-journal databases.