do professors actually check sources
If they are well versed in their field, they probably are aware of the article that you cite. I doubt if the prof would do this, but if he questioned it he might have his TA do it. Be careful of your sources. Lots of kids get into great trouble with not giving credit to an article. Also, when you use the internet you are also researching through lots of information that is not considered scholarly as anyone can put anything on the internet. Even Wikipedia is not considered a good source in college.
I agree with Ghen and would like to add that some professors might randomly select some sources to check, so just in case, make sure your source is valid. Better safe than sorry! 🙂
There are a number of ways teachers can figure out if their students are plagiarizing. There are a number of websites and programs that will help you do just that. You type in a portion of your student’s paper and run it through a plagiarism checker to see if those words appear elsewhere on the Internet. If they do, your student may have plagiarized. Check out these free online resources:
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