Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

For Students

Here are several very helpful and credible Web sites that will help you understand the concept of plagiarism so that you can avoid it:

For a list of additional helpful resources, go to Plagiarism: Understanding, Detecting, Avoiding sponsored by the Bruce T. Hall Library of Eastern Michigan University.

For Faculty

This statement clearly distinguishes between the student who deliberately plagiarizes and the student who simply misuses sources out of ignorance or carelessness. It explores the reasons why students might be inclined to plagiarize and discusses the shared responsibility among teachers, administrators, and students for promoting an environment that discourages plagiarism. The article concludes with a “best practices” list of suggestions that make plagiarism “difficult or unnecessary.”

  • The “Write Thing”: Writing, Research, and Academic Integrity. (document missing)

This is a handout used at a faculty development workshop at Columbia College. It begins by discussing academic integrity as an issue about which students need to be educated, asserting that we cannot assume students come to college valuing academic integrity or understanding how to cite sources appropriately. The handout lists a number of strategies a faculty member could employ in order to help students avoid plagiarism. It concludes with a statement on academic integrity that faculty members could ask students to sign so that when they are faced with a charge of plagiarism, they cannot plead ignorance.