This post is about plagiarism in Malaysia and how to check for copied content online.
The other day I received an email from Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) regarding so-called inappropriate and abusive content posted on this blog.
You can read the email below:
When these posts were just published, my traffic spiked sky-high for a few days last months.
Plagiarism Dawn Jeremiah The Star Malaysia
Frankly there was nothing new or ground-breaking in my blog posts. They were merely a simple write up based on the articles from uppercaise site.
As for the copyrighted photos, I have them removed too and replaced them with my own copyrighted images.
Then I received a reply from Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) as shown below:
Well, as I have just said, that two blog posts were actually based on stories exposed in uppercaise.wordpress.com. Anyway, I did not copy word-for-word from the original source.
Like any other sensible and law-abiding Netizen, I cited my sources and most willingly linked them back to the site mentioned.
I would never forget to link my blog posts back to the original source.
We all know that writing a good and original article is no easy job. These days, many (even established writers) have resorted to plagiarism.
We all have read about Fareed Zakaria’s case where he admitted and apologized that he plagiarized parts of a New Yorker article in a recent column for Time as reported in nytimes.
Then there was this self-plagiarism by an author of three books, and now-former New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer.
Do you know in January this year, there was this funny plagiarism case where Anthony Albanese, leader of the Australian House of Representatives, was caught lifting a passage from a speech given by Michael Douglas in the 1995 film The American President?
Talking about plagiarism and Malaysian students, I remember there was this report where a group of Malaysian students were caught plagiarizing while studying in an Australia university back in 2003.
For example, if I want to write an article on how to go about looking for a perfect home.
And while doing my research, I find there is this informative and original 892-word content in The Star online page entitled “Finding your perfect abode” written by Dawn Jeremiah.
Well, if I really want to use some of the points in her article, I would surely cite and quote my source as from The Star or put out a proper link back to: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/4/21/central/11147166&sec=central
And if I want to use some tips by C.E.Wolfe from Yahoo! Voices, I would mention the writer’s name and also a link back to the original source here.
Common sense and integrity tell me that I should never sneakily or blatantly lift some portions in verbatim from either Dawn Jeremiah or C.E.Wolfe’s work.
People would label me as a low down plagiarizer. But if I would to quote and cite my sources, my readers would happy to say that I was generous to share good stuff around. True or not?
You don’t simply lift content from articles published elsewhere, then after having exposed, you just merely apologize for not having cited any source for your articles.
Interestingly, here is a letter “Putting a stop to plagiarism‘ which was published in the Star (Opinion) on the 5th June 2011.
In this cyber-age, those young folks who are in the writing business should know damn well that people can find out about your copied work.
How To Check For Duplicate Content Online
One simple way is just copy a few lines of the content (within double quotes) and paste it on the Google browser search box. Click Google Search or hit Enter keyboard button.
If that few lines are already available online from an original source, instantly it will appear right before your eyes.
The other popular method is the use of Copyscape to check for plagiarism. Alternatively, you can use other sites to check for copied work or who is stealing your work:
Similar Page Checker
Dupe Free Pro
Then there is this publisher tool set called Tynt.
As you know most people copy and paste directly it onto their blog posts. If you have Tynt installed in your blog, unknowingly, these copy cats are actually promoting your content and site.
Tynt-enabled site automatically adds a URL link back to the source. With Tynt, it can help to improve your Search Engine Optimization as well.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research. – Wilson Mizner