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With the help of EVE2, a professor can make a reliable check of the Internet, to track down possible instances of plagiarism. Essays are given to EVE2 in plain text format. EVE2 then examines the essays, and then quickly makes a large number of searches of the Internet to locate suspect sites. The power of the search can be set by the user as either "quick," "medium," or "extra strength." Once suspect sites have been located, EVE2 then visits each of these suspect sites to determine if they contain work that matches the essay in question. If they do, a link to that site is placed in the results file -- an individual file created for each essay shown to contain plagiarism. The professor can then view the results from EVE, print the results and launch the computer's default web browser to retrieve the suspect web page. All results files are saved in the same directory as the essay. the extension ".eve.rtf" will be appended to the end of the original filename. If, for instance, you gave EVE2 a file called myessay.txt the result file would be called: myessay.eve.rtf
Results files are saved in Rich Text Format can be opened in almost any word processor, including Windows' Word Pad.
- Collect essays from your students either on disk, through email, or through an electronic drop-box system of some sort. Starting with EVE2.2, EVE will now accept files in Plain Text, Microsoft Word, and Word Perfect format. For all files other than plain text files (.txt) EVE will locate plagiarism, and give the teacher a report consisting of the sites where from which plagiarism occured. For Word and Word Perfect Files, the teacher won't be given an annotated copy of the essay. In order to get full reporting, the essays must be in Plain Text Format. (.txt). Our suggestion is this: If you have all your papers in Word or Word Perfect format, give them all to EVE. EVE will then detect those that contain plagiarism. At this point, you may convert any files that contained plagiarism into plain text files, and give these to EVE. This will be much faster than converting all your files to plain text. You will only need to convert those that showed plagiarism.
Any word processing program can save as this file type. If you need help getting your files into plain text format, click here.
- Place the essays in a folder on your computer. We suggest creating a new folder for this purpose. For example, c:\essays
- Start EVE by going to Start->Programs->EVE2->EVE2. The EVE2 Wizard Appears.
- Click the Next button to get the Add Files screen.
- Click on "Add Files" and browse through the drive to find the folder where your essays are stored.
- When you get to the folder with your essays, select each essay you want EVE to check for you.
- The files you've selected to process will show in the files box. If you accidentally selected a file you do not wish to process, simply double click on it to remove it from the files box.
- After adding files, simply click on the Next button.
The Setup Window
Next, you need to choose your setup options.
- The first option on the setup screen is the search type. Your choices are quick, medium, or extra strength. While an extra strength search will take quite a bit longer than a quick search, it has a better change of detecting plagiarism. If search time is not a critical factor to you, use extra strength. If you want a good check performed, but can't wait a long time, try medium or quick if you're in a real hurry.
- Part two of the setup page asks Call the hounds off when xx% has been determined to be plagiarized. When EVE2 performs an analysis of a paper, it might do well over a thousand searches. This allows you to tell EVE2 to stop searching if a certain amount of the paper has been plagiarized. For example, lets say EVE has a paper, and is planning to do 1000 searches. You've set the call off the hounds value at 80%. On search 360, EVE2 finds an almost exact copy of the paper, and determines it has matched 88% of the student's paper to this site. EVE2 would then stop searching, thereby saving the time it would take to perform the remaining 640 searches.
- Advanced Setup: Clicking on this button will bring up a window that allows you to enter proxy server information. If you connect to the Internet through a proxy server, you can enter the address and HTTP port here.
- Click next to continue to the processing page.
The Searching Window
- You will need to be connected to the Internet at this point.
- Press GO to start processing the files. While they are processing you will see the status bars fill up, the top bar shows the progress on the current file, while the bottom bar shows the total progress. While EVE2 is processing, you may use your computer for other tasks.
- Once EVE2 is finished it will display the results window.
- If any essays were determined to contain plagiarism, EVE2 will show the results page. A list box will show each essay, and the percent of the essay estimated to be plagiarized.
- Click on any essay in the box, and press the View Results button to see EVE2's results for that file.
- When you click View Results, EVE2 will open the result viewer window. This window will show the full report for the essay. Anything that was determined to be plagiarized will be underlined in red.
- A list box at the bottom of the window shows web sites with matching content. Simply select a web site, and press the Visit Site button. This will launch your default browser to allow you to view the site.
- If you want a copy of the report, simply hit the print button.
- Remember: A copy of the report is saved in the same folder as the original essay. It will have the same base name but will end in ".eve.rtf" For example, if you had a file called essay.txt the result file would be essay.eve.rtf This is a rich text file, and can be opened in any word processor, including Windows' Word Pad