Understanding Plagiarism

#1 – Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers [ONLINE ARTICLE]
Robert Harris (2004)http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm

Written to prepare faculty to face issues of plagiarism with paper assignments, the article provides insight and advice from three perspectives:  1)  why and how students plagiarize, 2) strategies to prevent plagiarism from explaining plagiarism to redesigning assignments, and 3) tools and techniques for detecting plagiarism.  Harris expanded this article into the 2001 book The Plagiarism Handbook (ISBN: 1884585353).

#2 – Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices [ONLINE PUBLICATION]Council of Writing Program Administrators (January 2003) http://wpacouncil.org/positions/plagiarism.html

This document explores how and why students plagiarize and then offers a series of teaching strategies faculty can adopt to prevent plagiarism.  These strategies include educating students about academic plagiarism and its consequences, designing and sequencing plagiarism-proof assignments, teaching proper citation, and taking disciplinary action when necessary.

#3 – Teaching Guides: Understanding and Addressing Plagiarism [E-GUIDE]
Writing@CSU (2007)http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/plagiarism/index.cfm

An all inclusive guide for faculty on how to detect and prevent plagiarism. The bulk of the guide is divided into two strategies for preventing plagiarism.  The first strategy involves educating students about plagiarism through in-class discussions about plagiarism, its causes, forms and consequences as well as teaching proper conventions of academic attribution.  The second strategy is by addressing how to make “plagiarism-proof” assignments both in writing and presenting the assignment. Colorado State University’s Online Writing Studio is a leader in online writing centers and its content is always well developed and designed.

#4 – Plagiarism: An Annotated Bibliography [ONLINE ARTICLE]Sharon Stoerger (2007) Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignhttp://www.web-miner.com/plagiarism

Extensive annotated bibliography of online resources on plagiarism.

#5 – Combating Plagiarism [REPORT]
CQResearcher (September 19, 2003)CQResearcher Online. (Available through ALADIN via CQ Library Database)

This report addresses one of the key questions about plagiarism today: Is the Internet causing more students to copy?  To address this question, the report gives an overview of the impact of digital technology on presenting and gathering information as well as a history of copyright law and academic plagiarism issues.  The report then moves on to discuss the current situation and why the Internet is being blamed for increasing plagiarism among students and journalists.  It also provides a pro/con look at the issue of educational use of commercial plagiarism detection services.

More Choices (alphabetical order)

Plagiarism, Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism

The Wikipedia entry on plagiarism primarily consists of examples of plagiarism in academic, journalism, politics, music, literature and more.

Plagiarism: A Good Practice Guide. [PRINTABLE GUIDE]
Jude Carroll and Jon Appleton (2001). Oxford Brooks University. Joint Information Systems Committee http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/brookes.pdf

This pdf downloadable guidebook examines the challenge of plagiarism today and presents best practices for deterring plagiarism through assignment design, plagiarism education, assessment tools, and electronic detection tools.

Plagiarism in Colleges in the USA Ronald B. Standler (2000)

Attorney Ronald Standler discusses the relationship of plagiarism to copyright and trademark law and then presents case examples of plagiarism in academia and other professional writing settings. Those originally written in 2000, Standler updates the links regularly.

Student Cheating, Plagiarism (and Other Questionable Practices), the Internet, and Other Electronic Resources.
Phyllis Holman Weisbard (2007) University of Wisconsin

Annotated list of Internet resources for faculty on student plagiarism.

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