One of TaxAudit's core values, particularly in its education department, is integrity. Though plagiarism may often be accidental, an incident, depending on the level of severity, could damage a company's reputation. To prevent such incidents, TaxAudit.com has integrated iThenticate into its educational and marketing editorial processes. Their director of communications discusses their reasons for using plagiarism detection software more in-depth in the following video.
Listen to the discussion (5:11 min.):
TaxAudit.com: Using iThenticate to Prevent Plagiarism and Maintain Integrity
iThenticate: Thanks for joining us today. I am pleased to introduce Karen Reed, who is the director of communications at TaxAudit. Karen, welcome.
Reed: Thank you.
iThenticate: Ms. Reed is a customer and user of iThenticate, and she has also recently participated in a survey of ours that asked about different types of plagiarism. So she’s going to talk a bit about her experience with iThenticate and also a bit about her opinion of plagiarism and about plagiarism in her industry. Let’s start off by asking you, Karen, a bit about your role at TaxAudit and the reason you might use plagiarism detection software?
iThenticate: That work is being published online, or is it also being published in like publications?
iThenticate: Right. Plagiarism detection software is relatively new, just in the last 10-15 years has really been a boom of people going online and visiting sites like Wikipedia, copying-and-pasting information, and not realizing that they're plagiarizing because they think it’s collaborative information and it doesn't require citation. So there are lots of people who just aren’t aware that it’s an issue.
Reed: And we actually had that exact situation. Someone who was developing course material for the first time didn't understand copyright law and did do that. They actually copied a whole bunch of stuff from Wikipedia. At the time I was education manager and I just check. Anytime anyone turned in a course I would kind of check around and I found immediately big -- lots of text that had been taken right out of Wikipedia, but the person really had no idea that that was plagiarism and not really a legal thing to do.
iThenticate: How did you find out about iThenticate?
Reed: I actually tried a couple of different services like that online that you can find. But there’s nothing -- our course texts can be a hundred or more pages, and so that’s not really feasible for us. So we did some research and we researched a lot of different services online and yours seemed to be the most thorough and the most intuitive. So it worked for us.
iThenticate: That’s great to hear, excellent. What aspect do you think iThenticate is most valuable and why? You had indicated on the survey that it protects reputations?
Reed: Yes. I think that’s most important thing for us, is that we want -- I mean we have a really strong position as far as having integrity in everything that we do. And it’s important that everything that we create reflects that integrity. So if go and put out course material and people say oh that was plagiarized, then we're not living up to that core value that we have. And then if we did decide to take -- sometimes we take our materials out and do seminars outside of our company and it’s the same thing; if we were found to be distributing plagiarized materials, it would hurt our reputation.
iThenticate: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us.