Avoiding Plagiarism

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Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers
Background information and practical strategies for fighting plagiarism.

Citation
Links to online citation tools.

Ethics: Cheating and Plagiarism
In this 4 1/2-minute video clip, teens discuss the reasons they feel pressure to cheat. We then meet ninth graders from a New Jersey high school who evaluate a sample of writing to determine whether it is plagiarized.

Fun With Copyright Traps: 10 Hoax Definitions, Paper Towns, and Other Things That Donít Exist
A nonfiction cautionary tale on the dangers of plagiarism. Note especially the lawsuit discussed in question #10.

Lazy Cheaters and other Misnomers, Part I and Part II
How to help students avoid the mindset that fosters plagiarism.

How to Recognize Plagiarism
Designed for college freshmen, this tutorial includes a test. Students who score 100% on the test receive a certificate documenting their progress.

Making Plagiarism-Proof Assignments
Three approaches that will encourage academic integrity and good practice.

Plagiarism.org
This site offers teachers extensive support into preventing plagiarism, including insights into why students plagiarize, explanations of copyright, and links to printable handouts.

Plagiarism: How to Avoid It
This page emphasizes avoiding plagiarism by careful, correct citation.

Plagiarism Checker
Are you suspicious about a passage in a student paper? Use this tool to check whether it has been plagiarized from a Web source.

Plagiarism Tutorial
Designed for college freshmen, this online tutorial includes 2 quizzes.

Plagiarism — Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quotations
The 4 handouts at this page introduce students to note-taking. The "Is this plagiarism?" activity helps students determine how to attribute information.

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It
A discussion of what constitutes plagiarism, examples, and strategies to avoid it.

The Punishable Perils of Plagiarism
A good introduction to plagiarism, this TED video (3:48) is supported by viewing check questions and a 19-page handout on 10 types of plagiarism. Downloadable video resides at YouTube; Adobe Reader required for the handout.

The Shadow Scholar
An article by someone who makes a living writing papers for other people.

Toward a Rational Response to Plagiarism
A college professor puts it succinctly: "Either you can be a teacher or you can be the plagiarism police."

Visual plagiarism: when does inspiration become imitation?Examples and analysis of "striking similarities" in photographs, and discussion of the resulting lawsuits.

A Way with Words: Exploring Unintentional Plagiarism
"In this lesson, students will examine the case of a particular author accused of stealing another author's work. They then create plagiarized pieces of work and reflect on the writing process."