Plagiarism Prevention for Students
There are many useful resources about plagiarism on the Web. Those listed on this page are examples selected as illustrative of different categories of information. Make sure you know your College's/School's policy about academic integrity and plagiarism. If you are uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism, talk with your instructors; they will be glad to provide clarification for you. Pius Library's research librarians and Writing Services staff also can be resources for you.
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. Listed below are some resources that will help you understand what plagiarism is. However, there is no substitute for knowing the policies that apply specifically to you!
- 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)
Procrastination: Your Worst Enemy!
Use THE ASSIGNMENT CALCULATOR (developed by the University of Minnesota Libraries) to create a personalized timeline to assist you with your research process.
Especially for You Visual Learners (But Fun for All)
- Crime and Punishment (Valdosta State University Library)
- Et Plagieringseventyr -- Click on the "CC" button to turn subtitles on/off
- Dr. Cite Rite (Central Piedmont Community College Library)
- What is Plagiarism? (Rutgers University Libraries)
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!
- Academic Integrity at Princeton University (Princeton University)
- Plagiarism & Academic Integrity (Scholarly Communication Center, Rutgers University Libraries)
- Plagiarism Prevention for Students (California State University San Marcos Library)
- The Seven Deadly Sins of Plagiarism: Working Honestly at Dickinson College (Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College)
- VAILTutor: Virtual Academic Integrity Laboratory (Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College)
- You Quote It, You Note It! (Acadia University Library)
- Xtreme Plagiarism (B.D. Owens Library, Northwest Missouri State University)
What's Your Opinion?
- 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)
Style Guides & Manuals
Proper Source Attribution is Key to Avoiding Plagiarism!
Friendly Advice: Online citation creation tools (even those within library databases) are fast but not foolproof. It's your responsibility to make sure your citation formatting is accurate.
- Style Guides and Manuals -- Tips From the Pros (G. Baugh, Saint Louis University Library)
- The OWL at Purdue -- Under NAVIGATION, click on Research and Citation to view the Online Writing Lab's list of help sheets.
Quizzes and Self-Tests
How Much Do You Really Know?
- Is It Plagiarism? (University of Maine at Farmington) -- Test Your Knowledge!
- Plagiarism Test: How to Recognize Plagiarism (Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education) -- Can You Earn a Certificate? (Hint: View Examples First!)
(Tell us about your favorite Plagiarism resource!)