A series of instructional web pages providing an overview of what is plagiarism, what constitutes plagiarism, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. Complementing the instruction on plagiarism are links to an additional series of web pages providing information on citing sources.
The primary objective of the two instructional series is to familiarize students with the basic concepts, skills, and ethical issues related to plagiarism.
Target Student Population:
high school students, undergraduate college students,students new to the research process.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
This could be used in every English Composition class before starting and research paper. It would also be good good in library orientation sessions when teaching students about research skills.
Evaluation and Observation
The series of instructional web pages clearly distinguishes between the common forms of plagiarism and ranks the “severity of intent” for each type. This tutorial is very clear and concise and completely tells all about plagiarism from what it is to ways to avoid it. It includes information from academic experts.
As part of an analogy, the use of “Digital 2.0” monikers to label common forms of plagiarism could be potentially confusing to those unfamiliar with the nomenclature.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Effectively identifies and discusses the various forms or types of plagiarism, in addition to providing links to instruction for concepts related to plagiarism (e.g., citing sources). This tutorial very efficiently teaches about plagiarism. A lot of information is in this resource, and it would be a great place for students to go to to learn about what plagiarism is and what citation is. It tells about 10 different types of plagiarism. Assignments could be easily made about the 10 types of plagiarism.
Learning objectives are not identified and the instructional web pages provide no means by which students can check their understanding of concepts and/or apply what has been learned.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The instructional components or parts are clearly identified and easily accessed.
Navigating between the two instructional series (e.g., Plagiarism 101 and Citing Sources) using the embedded text links without opening in a new window was somewhat confusing. Specifically, accessing a web page in the Plagiarism 2.0 series, clicking on an embedded link, then clicking on a link to additional content listed on the left side of the Citing Sources web page, and then attempting to navigate back to the original Plagiarism 2.0 content page was not intuitive.