Recently I got a research from one of my colleagues. However, I suspect the draft of his work and think it is extracted from somewhere else and it is not a new research in the field of cryptography. I need to know due to the lack of the time I have can I make sure about this issue? what are the solutions for this?

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    Do you suspect that the text is plagiarized? (That's relatively easy to check for.) Or that the idea is plagiarized (much harder to find out)?
    – ff524
    Feb 26, 2018 at 21:47
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    And why do you suspect? There is something a bit fishy about this scenario... Feb 27, 2018 at 2:55

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It depends what you suspect was plagiarised, how and where from.

If you believe the ideas/structure/references (the latter would apply to a literature review) have been plagiarised, you're only recourse is to use your expertise and knowledge of the field to identify the sources. A literature survey of your own would help this.

If, as I suspect, you mean the text has been plagiarised, you can use services such as Turnitin and iThenticate (as suggested by others). If you work in a university, it is very likely that they already subscribe to one of those services, and you should be able to access it. Very often, universities provide (password-protected) access for students to check their work through such services, prior to submission; usually through their virtual learning environment (VLE, e.g. Moodle, Blackboard). Your librarians would be able to point you in the right direction.

However, there's a much easier way: just Google (and Google Book search aned Google Scholar search) the text you suspect of being copied. Pretty much the only sources Turnitin et al. have access to that Google doesn't is previously submitted student assignments; so (as I read this case) Google is as likely as anywhere to identify the source of any suspect passages.

I just picked a random sentence from a nearby textbook to test this. While "straight" Google didn't pick it up, Google Books did.

When I was a fresher, and we had our "don't plagiarise" lecture, I remember the lecturer telling us that the university subscribed to all these expensive anti-plagiarism services, but the lecturers just used Google instead.

  • Thank you, if I use this research ( it was a part of a collaboration with a partner of the university) and submit it to an academic conference, what can happen if the research has plagiarism? Can I, for example, submit with a different name and after acceptance and when I make sure about the plagiarism issue, change the author name, University of the article?
    – Berliner
    Feb 27, 2018 at 0:16
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    @Berliner, no, do not use any deceptive practices in paper submission. Absolutely not. Feb 27, 2018 at 2:54

Use a plagiarism detection program. The two I'm most familiar with are Turnitin and iThenticate. There are plenty of others - just Google for "plagiarism detection".

  • Thank you but is there any free/trial ones?
    – Berliner
    Feb 26, 2018 at 22:21
  • "just Google for "plagiarism detection"" Literally :) Feb 26, 2018 at 22:55

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