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Social websites are latest sources for plagiarized material. Homework and academic help sites also rank high in list of sources for most-copied material By Jenna Zwang, Assistant EditorRead more by Jenna Zwang September 1st, 2011 Harrick advised demonstrating how easily students can be caught plagiarizing at the start of the school year.

Social websites are latest sources for plagiarized material

Plagiarism is going social, according to, which found that one-third of plagiarized material in student papers can be traced to social networking, content sharing, or question-and-answer websites. offers software that checks student papers against a vast database of prior works and the internet at large, looking for matches that can indicate possible plagiarism. An analysis of the top sources of matched content flagged by the software reveals a significant shift in the last few years, the company says—from so-called “term paper mills” to social sites and homework help sites. Social Q&A sites are “what [students are] comfortable with,” said Turnitin’s Chris Harrick.

Here's How People Look at Your Facebook Profile. When potential dates, employers and friends glance at your online social profiles, what do they see?

Here's How People Look at Your Facebook Profile

EyeTrackShop, a startup that runs eye-tracking studies for advertisers, helped Mashable find out by applying its technology to the profile pages of popular social networks. The study used the webcams of 30 participants to record their eye movements as they were shown profile pages from Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, Klout, Reddit, Digg, Tumblr, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Pinterest at 10-second intervals. What participants looked at on each page and in what order is recorded in the images below.

It's not a perfect study. Thirty is a small sample size, and what draws attention on a profile likely varies depending on the content displayed. Profile pictures matter. Take a gander at the results of the study in the gallery below, and let us know your own observations in the comments. What to include in your social media publishing schedule: Part One  At some point along the way, you or someone on your team decided to buy into a social media strategy.

What to include in your social media publishing schedule: Part One 

For some time now, you might have been dabbling in the depths of the vast social media world, searching for the best thing to drive traffic to your sites and generate interest within your community. You’ve created and moderated the school’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, consistently uploaded videos to your YouTube channel and even ventured into live streams. Many of us have tackled the social media realm with a plan, one that we hope continues to generate conversation about our schools and programs. Sure, more people are sharing stories about your school than ever before, but how often should you be publishing? Where are the best places to focus your time? In Content Rules, Handley and Chapman illustrate the power of compelling content by sharing success stories and humorous case studies from small businesses across the country. 1 = Daily.

10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From. Like flowers in early spring, new social media job openings are sprouting across industries as companies of all sizes look to create or expand their social squads.

10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From

The undeniable success and innovation of high-profile social media campaigns — from such brands as Old Spice, Google Chrome and Starbucks — have inspired this ongoing push for companies to hire people with social media skills. If you're seeking a gig as a community manager, public relations representative, marketing person or any other social media position, check out these resumes for inspiration on how to stand out from the crowd. Also, let us know in the comments about any creative tactics you use to promote yourself and your skills. Inspired yet? Feel free to visit Mashable's jobs board where every week we put out a list of social media and web job opportunities. The Social Media Guide. Luis Sanz is a co-founder of Olapic, a company that helps brands and online publishers crowdsource photos on their site or Facebook fan pages to create a more engaging user experience.

The Social Media Guide

You can follow him on Twitter @lsanza. If you haven't noticed, photos are big on the social web right now. Running a contest is a great way to tap into that content and boost community engagement in a fun and social way. When planning a photo contest, keep these seven tips in mind — you will easily increase the effectiveness of your photo-related contest.

If you have any other advice, leave a comment! Image courtesy of Flickr, Thomas Hawk. Exploring the Role of Social Media in Education  Deleted Facebook Pictures May Still Lurk on the Internet.