Plagiarism checker compatible with all programming languages including Python, Java, Jupyter Notebook
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October 29, 2020

How to check for plagiarism in Python source code

The popularity of Python programming has seen some dramatic surge over the recent years. This rise in its popularity can be attributed to reasons such as the simplified syntax, high productivity compared to programming languages like C++ and Java, and the fact that it requires less effort, time and lines of code to perform the same operations than in other programming languages. Python is also very famous for its English-like commands and easy code readability that make learning coding a lot more easy and efficient, especially for beginners and newcomers. As a result, naturally, the popularity of Python at universities and colleges has also grown rapidly. 

With an increasing number of students pursuing courses in Python, it has become further important to maintain academic integrity in these assignments. Detecting plagiarism is important not just to avoid having duplicated content or ideas from others’ work but also to encourage students to learn, practice and test their own programming skills and submit original content. While it is impractical to manually perform plagiarism checks in multiple student submissions, we see that often teachers find the use of separate tools cumbersome. Having to manually copy and paste source code and parse results to another tool often only increases an already huge workload of teachers. Because of this, checking for plagiarism is often skipped by the teacher because it simply takes too much time.

Start using a plagiarism checker especially designed for code!

With the CodeGrade plugin, educators can finally utilize a state of the art plagiarism detection tool compatible with any LMS (such as Canvas, Brightspace, Moodle, Blackboard etc.) with only a single click. Unlike other popular plagiarism checkers available in your LMS, that check for plagiarism in files based on similar text, the CodeGrade plagiarism checker looks for similar structure in the Python source code rather than literal similarities, making it better suited for code and nearly impossible to trick by students. Moreover, the CodeGrade plagiarism detection tool works with all common programming languages including ones such as C, C++, Java, Jupyter Notebooks, PHP, R and JavaScript, amongst others. 

In addition to this, the tool provided by CodeGrade works straight out of the box and works with a single click, right from inside your LMS. This not only helps the educators check for plagiarised content more efficiently, but also easily puts a check on academic dishonesty among students and encourages them to practice their coding and submit original work.

CodeGrade not only helps you detect plagiarism in student code, it is a full grading platform with all the tools you need for engaging and efficient future proof ICT education. To learn more about CodeGrade and its features, check out our tour page, or our YouTube channel with videos explaining how to use CodeGrade. Please feel free to book a demo if you are interested in getting CodeGrade at your institution, or in case you have any further questions.

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