Detecting Plagiarism

Hello All and Welcome to 2019!

It’s not enough for a teacher to rely on a plagiarism checker. They need to have a working knowledge of plagiarism and what constitutes committing plagiarism. This knowledge, of course, should be share with their students throughout the year (not just at the beginning!). With that in mind, as we start the new year, I wanted to give a couple of sources that review warning signs for plagiarism. This article by teachthought.com lists the signs of plagiarism that every teacher should know. Another from MIT lists warning signs and “the enemy” of academic integrity.

Share these sites with your students as you go over your plagiarism policies at the start of a new calendar year. Let them know that they won’t be able to get away with plagiarism so easily. That’s the way to create a temptation free classroom!

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University of Oxford on Plagiarism

Here is a great page from the University of Oxford on plagiarism. It’s mainly informational, but it does a great job of succinctly describing plagiarism, types of plagiarism, and how to avoid it. One more tool/example for teachers.

New York Times Plagiarism Education

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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.

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?

Creating Lessons that Discourage Plagiarism

One of the best things a teacher can do is to create a classroom environment that discourages AND DECREASES the temptation to commit plagiarism. Using plagiarism checking software is a must (just like a police officers presence decreases speeding on the road), but anti-plagiarism friendly assignments also are great. They turn your classroom into an anti-plagiarism environment while at the same time promoting creative and original thinking. Win-win!

Here’s a helpful link from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies and Writing department that offers teachers suggestions about how to create assignments that decrease the temptation to cheat: Resources for Teachers: How to Prevent Plagiarism

Good luck on the new school year!

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

This week, one of the creators of WhoIsHostingThis.com 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