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Plagiarism Prevention for Faculty

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!

Defining Plagiarism

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.

Time Management

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.

Preventive Approaches

Concrete Applications at Your Fingertips

Plagiarism in Real Life

Consequences In and Out of the Ivory Tower

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Getting Students' Attention

Case Studies

Get Students Talking

Term Paper Mills

Here's What You're Up Against

Investigation Strategies, Tips, and Tools

If All Else Fails... Plagiarism Clues and Detection

All-Purpose Sites

These resources provide good overviews of multiple aspects of the plagiarism issue.

Plagiarism Prevention Homepage


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