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preventing plagiarism

What we often call plagiarism may actually be an incomplete or improper understanding of the principles and protocols of citing one’s sources. Nonetheless, the explosion of information available in print and online makes it easier to plagiarize, that is, intentionally lift another’s prose or ideas without proper attribution.

In this section, you’ll find successful approaches to teaching students how to use sources appropriately and to avoid plagiarism.

approaches to preventing plagiarism

Plagiarism Definitions

Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The Council of Writing Program Administrators Statement on Best Practices

Preventing Plagiarism: Ideas and Resources from the University Libraries

Composition Instructors’ Advice about Plagiarism

Warding off “Virtual Papers” and Ghostwriters

Plagiarism Prevention Without Fear (Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed)

Plagiarism Resource Site (developed by Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges; referred to by Jaschik, above)

U of Minnesota Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Information for Faculty and Staff

sample handouts and an online tutorial for preventing plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism (OWL Purdue)

Citing and Using Sources (Texas A & M)

How to Recognize Plagiarism: A Tutorial (Indiana University)


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