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Plagiarism Education Week

Posted Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 Tagged:

For those who were not able to take advantage of the live webcast series on plagiarism education last week by Turnitin, you are able to access recorded sessions here. I was able to participate in two sessions and wanted to share some tips I learned to help teach plagiarism prevention.

1. Present examples of real life high profile cases of plagiarism to students. Doing so may help them recognize the negative consequences.

2. Assign papers in sections. For example, require a list of citations in proper formatting prior to a rough draft.

3. Require that students keep a research or reading log that chronicles what sources they are consulting during the semester. This can be in the form of a blog to allow you to provide guidance during the research process.

4. Use discussion forums for students to summarize and synthesize readings.

5. Require that students summarize the institutional academic honesty policy. Discuss the policy in class.

6. Utilize resources like the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), which includes plagiarism prevention activities.

7. Enable plagiarism detection on assignment drop boxes and allow students to see the results. Require student reflections on the results. Allow resubmissions after students review their own work.

The Turnitin website for any of their FREE webcasts is:


Plagiarism Education Week, April 22-26, 2013

Posted Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Tagged:

Plagiarism Education Week Badge

Following up on my last blog about evaluating web sources for credibility, I wanted to share with you about an upcoming week of professional development opportunities – all which focus on plagiarism. There will be a webinar each day focusing on these key areas:

causes of plagiarism,
types of plagiarism,
responses to plagiarism,
approaches to plagiarism, and
originality and creativity.

To learn more about how to participate in any one of these webcasts, visit the Plagiarism Education Week site.



Evaluating Web Sources for Credibility

Posted Friday, March 8th, 2013 Tagged:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an apt adage for plagiarism woes in higher education. What measures can faculty take to prevent plagiarism…not just catch offenders? This is a frequent topic covered by librarians and teachers alike. I wanted to share a few resources with you, faculty & students, on the topic.

First, here are a few institutional webpages on the topic. These offer much needed guidance on what students should look for when evaluating the credibility of web resources for research. Instructors can share these resources in class and teach students the best ways to find good, reliable sources. Students can use these sources to help them self-evaluate resources even as they research and write.

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How to Do Research: Evaluating Web Resources Guide PDF (GC)
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools (Cornell)
Evaluating Web Pages (Duke)


Second, for those who have additional questions, did you know that you can Ask a Librarian at GC? The professional librarians are ready and able to help students evaluate website credibility and to find reputable sources. They can also provide teaching tips for faculty on the subject.

Third and finally, many of the faculty here at GC already know and use Turnitin for plagiarism detection in student work. Recently, Turnitin announced a new *free* online rubric designed to help us teach students how to evaluate the quality of web sources they often use in their writing. To learn more, read about The Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER). To access the SEER rubric, you will be required to enter some information, but there is no cost.

Feel free to comment with additional tips & suggestions! I’d love to hear from you.


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