End of the Year 2019-2020

It’s the end of the school year, and I am sure all teachers out there are wrapping up with their final requirements before summer. Stopplagiarism.org will be back next year revamped and ready to go as more of a one-stop place for plagiarism tools and resources. However, all the information over the last five years will still be cataloged on the site. Until then, check out all the tips about how to prevent plagiarism in your classrooms in the posts below.

Stopplagiarism.org is STREAMLINED!

Hey all, it’s been almost four years since this site got off the ground. I hope it has helped out in your fight against student plagiarism. Because there are so many posts, I took time this week to streamline the site. Now, you will be able to search the site based on categories and tags so that you can get all the information you need quickly without having to look through the whole thing!

What Parents Need to Know About Plagiarism

Any teacher will tell you that it is a good idea to get parents working with you rather than against you as their child’s teacher. This post from the Washington Post explores what parents should know about plagiarism. This blog has explored a myriad of issues concerning student plagiarism–how to instruct about, how to help prevent or limit, how to deal with student cases, how to create temptation free classrooms, how to train fellow teachers, etc.–but how to help parents understand the issues hasn’t been covered. Please read the article and think about ways a teacher can help parents understand the gravity of plagiarism and how to help their student understand and avoid it in their work.

Unplag Shout Out!


This past month, I got an email from Anastasia at Unplag.com. Her company has a free plagiarism checker that I used this month. It works really well. This is Anastasia’s email which describes her company and its purpose. Check out unplag for a great free tool.

     “Here, at Unplag, we strive to develop students’ creative thinking. That is why we regularly create interesting materials and resources on plagiarism topic both for teachers and students.
     Recently we launched a free plagiarism checker for academic writers: https://unplag.com/free-plagiarism-checker. It can find plagiarism in texts written in English, German, Spanish, French and a few other languages.
    Besides, we take our knowledge into a plagiarism guide – an instructive guidebook that has inside essentials of literacy on plagiarism topic. It can be found here: https://unplag.com/materials/free-plagiarism-guide/book.pdf.
     [This] is not a comprehensive list of things we create, we also like to run different activities to make students aware of plagiarism threats and simplify the teachers’ job . . .
we want to build a good relationship with educators and bloggers who share our values on plagiarism topic.”
Thanks, Anastasia!

What is Original?

A great, great, great discussion about originality in the world today (music, fashion, technology, etc.) from the folks at TED.

Of particular importance is how (or if) originality can be achieved in today’s world. My view is that students need to learn how to use prior sources and ideas to build upon. That is their original contribution.

Here’s the podcast: What is Original?

Plagiarism Today


Here’s a great website with lots of info about plagiarism. The website approaches the issue from a legal perspective, yet it clearly applies to plagiarism in education. I have found it to be a great tool for student research. You might want to start at the article entitled “5 Biggest Plagiarism Stories of 2016.”

Here’s the link: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/