This page identifies resources that can be used to explain, discuss, avoid, detect, and educate about plagiarism. These were selected among the bounty available on the Web as examples in a variety of categories. Please consult your department's research librarian and the staffs of the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence and Writing Services for additional resources, assistance in educating students about this complex topic, and--if needed--means of plagiarism detection. Remember: Engaging students about plagiarism issues may be the most effective strategy we can use to prevent it!
Plagiarism is a difficult concept to define because there are numerous types (e.g., failure to cite sources appropriately, purchasing a paper from a term paper mill) and because some acts of plagiarism are deliberate while others are inadvertent. Institutional policies--even policies of units within a single institution--vary widely, not only in their response to acts of plagiarism but in the definition itself. The resources listed here provide just a few examples.
- What is Plagiarism? (Honor Council, Georgetown University)
- Plagiarism Definition (Cengage Learning)
- ORI Policy on Plagiarism (Office of Research Integrity, US Dept of Health and Human Services)
- Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct - See #4 (American Historical Association)
Combat the Time Crunch (a common excuse for plagiarism)
- THE ASSIGNMENT CALCULATOR -- Encourage your students to use this resource (developed by the University of Minnesota Libraries) to create a personalized timeline of their research process.
Concrete Applications at Your Fingertips
- Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing (M. Roig, St. John's University)
- Collaborative Learning (Ryerson University)
- 10 Sample Assignments (Ohio University Libraries)
- Designing Assignments and Assignment Ideas (Dalhousie University)
- Establishing Authorship (P. C. Smith, Alverno College)
- Prevent Plagiarism with Creative Assignments: Ideas for Faculty (K. McClaskey, Truman State University Library)
- Term Paper Alternatives or...So You'd Like Your students to Use the Library But Don't Want to Assign a Research Paper? (M. E. Joseph, Saint Louis University)
Plagiarism in Real Life
Consequences In and Out of the Ivory Tower
- Probe Reveals That Editor Stole Content for Features -- Striking Close to Home (The University News, Saint Louis University)
- Notes on Plagiarism (The University News, Saint Louis University)
- Poshard Defends Dissertation Against Plagiarism Charges (Daily Egyptian, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville) -- An Embarrassing Incident. Here's how the story Ended: Article (Inside Higher Ed)
- Plagiarism in the News -- Links to News Stories About the Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwins Cases (Writing Center, Bridgewater College)
- CBS News Fires Producer, Revamps Procedures After Plagiarism Incident -- Busted in the Workplace!
- An Education in the Dangers of Online Research -- Walking the Plank (Susan Kinzie, The Washington Post)
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Getting Students' Attention
Get Students Talking
- Case Studies (University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching)
- The Case of the Cheating Hart (University of Notre Dame Libraries)
- Case Studies (York University)
- Jill the Collaborator (Center for Academic Integrity)
- Ludwig's Composition (Center for Academic Integrity)
Term Paper Mills
Here's What You're Up Against
- Cheating 101: Internet Paper Mills (P. Bates & M. Fain, Coastal Carolina University Library)
- Cheating 101: Internet Subject Specific Paper Mills (P. Bates & M. Fain, Coastal Carolina University Library)
Investigation Strategies, Tips, and Tools
If All Else Fails... Plagiarism Clues and Detection
- Detecting Plagiarism: A Self-Help Guide (J. Royce, Robert College of Istanbul) -- Written for K-12 teachers but covers lots of ground.
- Plagiarism Alarms! (Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College)
- WCopyFind -- Free software developed by Louis Bloomfield, PhD, in response to a highly publicized plagiarism scandal at the University of Virginia.
- Google -- See Tips for Using Google to Search for Suspected Plagiarism in Student Papers (M. Anszperger, Rutgers University Teaching Excellence Center)
- SLU Research Librarians:Pius Library and Medical Center Library--The Ultimate Search Engines!
These resources provide good overviews of multiple aspects of the plagiarism issue.
- Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices (Council of Writing Program Administrators)
- Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Avoiding Plagiarism in Academic Writing - PowerPoint (M. Garrett & A. Bolorizadeh, University of Tennessee Libraries)
- Guide to Plagiarism and Cyber-Plagiarism (University of Alberta)
- Understanding Plagiarism (Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education)
- VAILTutor: Virtual Academic Integrity Laboratory (Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College)
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