Do universities keep work done by students for later research and/or plagiarism detection by future students (eg. self-plagiarism)?

  • The CS department at my undergrad held onto student projects for several years and used plagiarism detection software extensively to check for shared code. Conversely, the ECE department rarely if ever held onto student work. I suspect this is determined by a combination of university-wide policy, department-wide policy, and instructor preferences. I doubt you'll find a single answer that's applicable to all universities. – tonysdg Dec 16 '16 at 22:47

The rules of different institutions vary, so there's no one-size-fits-all answer here. However, plagiarism detection software like Turnitin does store copies of papers indefinitely:

Our database contains 58 billion web pages, 570 million student papers and 150 million articles from academic books and publications.

They also store archived web pages no longer available on the Internet. Other plagiarism software likely works in a similar fashion.

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  • When you say "our" database, are you referring to your school or turnitin? – ATomz Dec 16 '16 at 21:51
  • @ATomz: Luigi is referring to Turnitin - it's a quote from the site he's linking to. – tonysdg Dec 16 '16 at 22:44

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