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Academic Integrity for Students

Paraphrasing Tools

An initiative which tracks and blocks websites offering contract cheating and plagiarism services revealed that many Assiniboine students use "paraphrasing tools" to plagiarize.

Paraphrasing tool websites present themselves as harmless, time-saving platforms which help students avoid plagiarism by “paraphrasing” text. What these websites in fact do is neither harmless nor useful. Using these websites:

  • prevents students from learning how to paraphrase properly
  • generates awkwardly worded passages which are easy for instructors to recognize as having come from these sites
  • produces plagiarized text which is simply the poorly rewritten words of another without citation

Students who use these sites may face sanctions for plagiarism as part of Policy A25.