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BATON ROUGE- The LSU Faculty Senate approved a measure to look into issuing anti-plagiarism software to professors and students on campus.

The software would allow professors and students to see if essays and homework were plagiarized before and after it is submitted for a grade.

Some students used similar software in school, and say it improved their grades.

"It made me a better writer, so I was more honest with my work and I was actually able to do better in school and take ownership of my work," said Kristina Douglas, a freshman at LSU.

Professors say because many students aren't as diligent, they have to check their work for plagiarism without the benefit of sophisticated software.

"It's gotten to the point, though, where some professors don't want to do that, and some even stop assigning papers because they don't want to deal with the plagiarism issue," said Maribel Dietz, Associate Professor of Medieval History.

While some students might see the software as an added annoyance when turning in essays and homework, many agree that they'll welcome the additional work if it brings more value to their education.

"It will make me do my research more to make sure I'm not plagiarizing, but at the same time I do think it's a good idea because so many kids plagiarize these days it's not even creative work anymore," said Thanh-Thanh Pham, a student at LSU.

The Faculty Senate will decide whether the software is needed, then decide which software to use.


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