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Plagiarism Resources
Faculty Resources
Useful sites for teaching students about plagiarism. Select a site and have students review it.

  • Academic Honesty Quiz (http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/advocacy/IntegrityQuiz4.html): Poses a series of questions for students to test their understanding of academic honesty.

  • Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It (http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html)

  • Avoiding Plagiarism: Practical Strategies (http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguide/plagiarism2.htm)

  • Academic Integrity at Princeton (http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pub/integrity/pages/original.html)

  • Plagiarism and How to Avoid It (http://ec.hku.hk/plagiarism/introduction.htm)

  • Avoiding Plagiarism (http://www.depauw.edu/admin/arc/plag.html)

  • Plagiarism (http://www.nwu.edu/uacc/plagiar.html)

  • Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It (http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/bpg/plagiarism.htm)

  • What Is Plagiarism? (http://www.georgetown.edu/honor/plagiarism.html)

  • How not to Plagiarize (http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/plagsep.html)

  • Plagiarism in Colleges in USA(Standler) (http://www.rbs2.com/plag.htm)

  • A Faculty Guide to Cyber-Plagiarism (http://www.library.ualberta.ca/guides/plagiarism/)

  • The Skidmore Guide to Writing: Documentation and Plagiarism (http://www.skidmore.edu/academics/writingbrd/WGDocumentation.html)


    Interesting Articles and Sites
  • The New Plagiarism: Seven Antidotes to Prevent Highway Robbery in an Electronic Age (http://www.fno.org/may98/cov98may.html): Discusses re-thinking the kinds of assignments given to students. Emphasizes the importance of encouraging original thought and teaching students an understanding of the research process.

  • Carbone, Nick. (2001) Thinking and Talking about Plagiarism. Retrieved March 18, 2002, from (http://bedfordstmartins.com/technotes/techtiparchive/ttip102401.htm): Emphasizes a positive approach to preventing plagiarism and lists resources for teaching about plagiarism.

  • Procter, Margaret. (2001) Deterring Plagiarism: Some Strategies. Retrieved March 18, 2002, from (http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/plagiar.html) Suggests ways of using a positive approach to enhance academic integrity.

  • Harris, Robert. (2002). Anti-plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers. Retrieved March 17, 2002, from VirtualSalt: http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm.

  • Witherspoon, Abigail. (1995) This pen for hire: On grinding out papers for college students. Harper's Magazine. June, pp. 49-57.

  • Schneider, Alison. (1999) Why professors don't do more to stop students who cheat. Chronicle of Higher Education. January 22, A8. Retrieved March 18, 2002, from LexisNexis database.

  • Rothenberg, David. (1997) How the web destroys the quality of students' research papers. Chronicle of Higher Education. August 15.

  • Letters to the Editor. (1997) Responses to David Rothenberg: How the web destroys the quality of students' research papers. Chronicle of Higher Education. October 10. Retrieved March 18, 2002, from Lexis/Nexis database.

  • Roig, Miguel. (1997) Can undergraduate students determine whether text has been plagiarized? The Psychological Record. 47, 113-122. Study determines that student plagiarism is largely inadvertent and concludes that students must be taught the writing skills needed to avoid plagiarism.

  • Mirsky, Steve. (2002) Copy that: Technology is making it harder for word thieves to earn outrageous fortunes. Scientific American. April 2002. Retrieved March 19, 2002 from http://www.sciam.com.


    Term Paper Sites
  • Internet Paper Mills (http://www.coastal.edu/library/mills2.htm): A listing of over 150 paper mill sites.

  • COSHE's Reports on the Net (http://www.coshe.com/): "Register for free" but pay to get papers. Alternately, one can submit one's own paper and get one month's usage for free.

  • EssayMan (http://come.to/essayman): Over 700 free essays in various topics.

  • Evil House of Cheat (http://www.cheathouse.com/): Click on "Find out why" at the bottom of the page to read customer reviews. Site requires registration.

  • Novelguide.com (http://www.novelguide.com) A limited collection of free full-text literary criticism for a selection of classic novels.

    Detection Methods
  • Use regular search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, or Altavista. Type in a string of suspect words from the paper and search the web. Free and most useful if plagiarism is suspected on individual papers. Of course, it works only if papers are copied from the web.

  • Do a keyword search in a proprietary full-text database, such as Project Muse, JSTOR, Expanded Academic ASAP, Academic Search Premier, PsycARTICLES, or ScienceDirect.

    Use a commercial detection service, such as:
  • Turnitin.com
    (http://www.turnitin.com) From Plagiarism.org, this detection service, probably the most extensive and most widely used of all detection services, searches approximately 20 search engines, checks a database of term papers submitted to the service, and monitors many of the term paper mills. Detects plagiarism even if the student substitutes more than half the terms of the original with synonyms and determines the degree of originality. Costs about $2000 or more for school-wide system (or individual instructor costs). The instructor registers his/her class, students upload their own papers, and the instructor receives a report. Free trial with restricted database.

  • EduTie
    (http://www.edutie.com) From PlagiServe, this detection system is similar to Turnitin. It searches the web, a database of submitted papers, and (their ads say ALL) paper mills. Students submit papers electronically and the instructor inputs them. The software can detect plagiarism with even up to 45 to 50 percent modification. Reports take up to 24 hours. Free trial available.


  • Eve2 --Essay Verification Engine
    (http://www.canexus.com) Searches only the web; does not trace papers to paper mills. Costs $20 per license (teacher) as a one time fee for unlimited use.

  • Wordcheck
    (http://www.wordchecksystems.com) This stand-alone software matches papers only against an instructor-created archive of student papers. Essentially tracks collusion to prevent students from using other students' papers. Costs begin at about $60 for 1000 documents and increase depending on the size of the database desired.

  • Glatt Plagiarism Services
    (http://plagiarism.com) This service differs from the others in that it does not compare papers to other sources but uses the cloze procedure to detect plagiarism. The computer replaces every fifth word in a student's paper with a blank and the student is asked to fill in the blank based on the idea that, if the student wrote the paper, he/she should be able to fill in 77 percent of the words correctly within a reasonable amount of time. This procedure is especially useful when a paper is not taken from usual electronic services. Glatt also has a tutorial for teaching students about plagiarism and how to avoid it and a self-detection system which allows students to check their own papers for inadvertent plagiarism. Software costs about $300 per program.

  • And don't forget that students may use "good old-fashioned" print sources.

    We have reviewed dozens of great sites, created primarily by college and university writing centers and libraries, in preparing for this workshop and have tried to acknowledge them for their work. We plead "common knowledge" if other sites contain similar information and thank all who have done such tremendous work on this topic.




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