5. Verify the originality of student work

Here are strategies and tools you can use to detect plagiarism.

Use your judgement

Start monitoring the standard of work of your students as early as possible. Once you benchmark their capabilities, you will be able to detect inconsistencies in their submissions throughout the semester. For example:

  • Is the work ‘too perfect’ and not consistent with the student’s previous written or oral work?
  • Are there variations in the writing style, such sentence structure, grammar, spelling or unusual expressions?

Use detection tools

Use detection tools to check the originality of assessment submissions

  • before the final submission to identify students, who may need assistance with referencing and academic writing skills,
  • after the final submission to check for potential plagiarism,
  • and if the plagiarism has occurred, to collect and document the evidence of misconduct.

Written work

RMIT University provides Turnitin to help educators detect plagiarism in written assessments. Refer to the RMIT Turnitin information (staff login) for more details and usage advice. Information for students about Turnitin is also available.


There are a variety of free, open source, and commercial tools designed to detect plagiarism of computer code. Below are just examples (not recommendations) of the tools you may choose to explore.

Images and videos

Here are some examples of online tools you can use:

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