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Plagiarism - Student's Guide to Avoiding It

Most of the plagiarism committed by students is unwitting and is due to their ignorance about what constitutes plagiarism. If you do not know exactly what plagiarism is, you cannot avoid doing it. This guide is intended to illustrate plagiarism is in all its forms. There are several different kinds of plagiarism. Most students recognize one form called "Copy & Paste Plagiarism," but that is only the most obvious kind. In...
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D'Arcy Hutchings
D'Arcy Hutchings (Librarian)
7 years ago

With the author's permission, I altered the format of the content and used them to guide a workshop on plagiarism for writing tutors (higher ed.). After leading a brief discussion of what plagiarism is, I passed out a sheet containing the source passage and student's passage to 5 small groups (one type per group). Each group discussed whether there was plagiarism present and why. Then I provided each group with a debrief sheet that showed all of the content for that plagiarism type from the website. They then discussed whether they agreed with the author's name, description, and examples of that plagiarism type. We then came together and each group described the type they were given. It was a hit!

Used in course? Yes
Emily Forand
Emily Forand (Faculty)
8 years ago

This resource is easy to use because it is simply text on a page. It would be readily adaptable into any composition courses because it thoroughly identifies the many different types of plagiarism. On one hand, I would like the information to be delivered in a more interactive format, but the simple presentation is one of the benefits of this source.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
TJ Rarig
TJ Rarig (Student)
9 years ago

I came across this guide while taking my undergraduate physics courses. There’s something wrong with that. I should have come across it while taking my English courses (including elementary school)!  The types and descriptions of plagiarisms and each one’s supporting examples provide the basic idea on how to properly write a reference paper. But of course, plagiarism isn’t just limited to written papers. Plagiarism is too easy to do, just as the author explains from the onset in this uniquely valuable tool. After reading and understanding the different types of examples, the reader should feel empowered to think and communicate, while referencing other’s work, their own ideas effectively and without reproach. Something everyone, despite their background, should be able to do.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Micheal Pelt
Micheal Pelt (Faculty)
9 years ago

Plagiarism can be difficult for most entering college students to understand. They seem not to understand the different ways in which plagiarism can occur. This resource does an excellent job of providing examples that are very clear and detailed. This resource would make an excellent addition to the materials I use when discussing plagiarism with my research writing classes.

Technical Remarks:

If it would not overload the resource, I would add a section on the differences between quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Pamela Gibson
Pamela Gibson (Faculty)
9 years ago

I appreciate the layout - original text to the left and example of plagiarism type to the right. Although, I'd suggest a topic more conducive to quick review. I fear students won't take the time to thoroughly read each in order to recognize subtle differences.

Technical Remarks:

i would avoid color to denote differences. Not always easy to see.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Linda DeVine
Linda DeVine (Faculty)
9 years ago

Many resources for dealing with plagiarism provide the same kinds of perspectives and information.  This resource provides clear examples of plagiaristic behavior that I don't generally see in other resources.  It's a good addition to the materials I use in my classes to assist students through this challenging area.

Used in course? Yes
Laurel Wenson
Laurel Wenson (Administrator)
10 years ago
As an administrator and teacher of a homeschool co-op of 120 students who meet weekly, I have found this article to be extremely helpful in the classroom. Our co-op stresses academic excellence and college prep. classes, and this handout explains the various types of plagiarism in a well organized and easy to read format. The author's examples clearly illustrate both a plagiarized text as well as a properly written paraphrase. We have contacted her for permission to utilize it in all of our upper middle and high school classes next year!

Technical Remarks:

Although the subject matter in this paper is about science, it can be easily used in any upper level academic class. It is particularly helpful to any class that requires a research paper during the semester!
Used in course? Yes
barbara nicolls
barbara nicolls (Faculty)
10 years ago
Quality of content This material is great for introducing Plagiarism to first year students who may have heard about it but unclear about what it really means in terms of being penalised by their tutors. The Content is core curriculum but is a pre-requisite for advanced level studies in every discipline. Potential effectiveness as a T&L tool I would use this material as a source for active reading. Then I would use it when students learn to develop summarising, paraphrasing and referencing skills and check whether they are avoiding plagiarism. Since I teach a diverse group of students with diverse backgrounds, needs and expectations, it is important that the topic of plagiarism is introduced and practised with good and relevant examples.

Technical Remarks:

Although the topic is crucial for academic success, I wouldn't use Red in the title or in the body of the text as it could be an issue for students who are colour blind or who have special learning needs.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Marcia Neudigate
Marcia Neudigate (Faculty)
10 years ago
This material serves well as a mini-lesson on plagiarism. As indicated, students often do not understand the concept, especially with the use of internet where all material is consided "fair game" when writing.

Technical Remarks:

I would prefer to see this information constructed on a Powerpoint so that students focus on one example at a time. In addition, the instructor could incorporate a learning activity that challenges students to validate their own resources.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Amber Eich
Amber Eich (Student)
11 years ago
This article clearly defines what is and is not plagiarism. Since plagiarism is an extremely important part of the education system, this article helps students and educators understand what is plagiarism and how to avoid it.