Finding, evaluating, organizing, synthesizing, and documenting sources are complex, interconnected activities central to academic writing. What we often call plagiarism may actually be an incomplete or improper understanding of the principles and protocols of using and citing 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.
Teaching Citation and Documentation Norms (University of Michigan)
Using Sources (Yale)
Plagiarism Resource Site (developed by Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges; referred to by Jaschik, below)
Plagiarism Prevention Without Fear (Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed)
Activities for Teaching Writing with Sources (Purdue OWL)
How to Recognize Plagiarism: A Tutorial (Indiana University)
... for student writers
Students can find out about one-to-one consultations and download handouts about style & grammar, punctuation, the writing process, and documentation.