New York Times Plagiarism Education


Here’s a great website I found care of “The Learning Network” from The New York Times:New York Times Learning Network: Plagiarism Education

The site has all sorts of lesson plans, tools, tips, videos, and more that can help you instruct your students about plagiarism. As they put it, “The middle and high school years are an opportunity to shape healthy attitudes in a lower-stakes environment. But for many students, poor habits are formed ahead of college.” This website can help you instruct your middle school and high school students in the good habits of avoiding plagiarism.


Historical Origin of “Plagiarism”

For you history buffs, check out this article which talks about the meaning of the word “plagiarism” and its first century Roman origins:

Plagiarism and the First Century

WorldEssays.Com Free Plagiarism Checker

The folks at found the website and reached out to me. I checked out their resource and found it to be a really good one. Try it out, and thanks to

Here’s their blurb:

“Feeling angsty about all the referencing in your essay? Afraid that it’s repeating some article or book passage? Visit Free Plagiarism Checker by Its extensive academic paper database yields the most accurate results when in doubt on authenticity of essays written in English and Spanish. You may do 5 checks per month without any additional actions required, and after becoming a registered user you get 100 monthly tokens. Nowadays it’s hard to come up with original ideas that don’t second anyone, however with Free Plagiarism Checker you can rest assured that your choice of words is impeccable.”





“The Ultimate Guide to Copyright [and Plagiarism] for Students”

This week, one of the creators of reached out to me with their great resource for Plagiarism Education.

WhoIsHostingThis is a free tool that allows anyone to see who hosts a particular website. One of the most common uses of the tool is in the course of investigating plagiarism and/or copyright infringement.

The website is really detailed and offers great info and videos to share with your students. Check it out in the link below.

WhoIsHostingThis Copyright and Plagiarism Guide

Reputation Ruined: Students Need to Know What Plagiarism Can Do to Their Rep

Plagiarism can seriously damage someone’s reputation. Just this month, an editor at the NY Daily News fired one of its editors for removing attributions in articles. The editor didn’t commit plagiarism himself, rather, through his editing he made it appear another writer did. It’s a mess, I know. Here’s the story: Editor at Daily News Fired.

So, what’s this got to do with our students? The article highlights how damaging an accusation of plagiarism is to someone’s credibility. This month, many of my students are getting into universities. However, a few, are having difficulty. One in particular received a few rejections. When asked, the student’s plagiarism case from their junior year was highlighted by an admission official as causing serious concern. Universities take plagiarism very seriously, just look at any university plagiarism policy. Our students need to understand the gravity of plagiarism and how it can affect how people (especially admissions counselors or future bosses) view them. The CNN story is only one case, there are plenty of others. Today, help your students understand the risk of committing plagiarism and how it might prevent them from their future goals.


Every week, I have at least one teacher ask me about free anti-plagiarism websites. Well, from all the ones I’ve checked out, the best is Why? It has a pretty sophisticated plagiarism checker, though nowhere near the advanced algorithim that turnitin employs. But, for those schools who are cash strapped. It provides a nice alternative. Of course, you don’t get all the bells and whistles, but grammarly does provide some other resources. My favorite is the grammar help it offers to students. I ask my writing students to use grammarly to help them eliminate many of their common grammar mistakes.

It’s not the best thing out there, but among the free choices, grammarly is hard to beat.

Check out the link: