Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a serious academic crime and can lead to serious consequences. There are many things you can do to help keep your students on the right track.
Prepare Students to Use Web-Based Materials
- Inform them of UMUC policies on academic integrity and honesty.
- Include a statement on plagiarism in your syllabus.
- Explain the pitfalls of plagiarism as part of making your assignments.
- Use written assignment prompts.
Coach Students in Research Practices
Advise students that the changeability of Web resources makes scrupulous note-taking absolutely necessary. Make sure they know that even transitory materials need proper documentation and that the writer should
- Acknowledge sources of all evidence and all assistance from others.
- Consider everything written as copyrighted.
- Document sources of all written materials.
Help Students with Documentation Styles
- Warn students that
- Major style manuals have standard styles for only some electronic resources.
- Even new editions lack standard forms for Web-based resources.
- Help can be found in recent texts and on the Web itself.
Point Students to These Helpful Resources
- Harnack, A. & Kleppinger, E. (1997). Online!: A reference guide to using internet sources. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
- Li, X. & Crane, N. B. (1993). Electronic style: A guide to citing electronic information. Westport, CT: Meckler
- UMUC Information and Library Services' Citation Resources
- Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab
- Beyond the MLA Handbook
- Plagiarism Tutorial
Other Ways to Help Students Avoid Plagiarism
- Fully integrate writing assignments into course design.
- Vary the audience and purposes of writings assigned.
- Exploit the stages of the writing process.
- Assign summarizing and paraphrasing exercises as part of early homework. (It helps students practice essential skills and helps you anticipate problems they may face in managing sources.)
- Require early reports of research findings.
- Require that drafts be documented.
- Critique use of source material in class.