Plagiarism Education Week

While it hasn’t been featured as a Google Doodle yet, Plagiarism Education Week runs this week from April 21 – 25, 2014.  The event is sponsored in part by Turnitin, one of the world’s leading applications for originality checking.  This year’s theme is “Originality Matters” and culminates with a series of free webinars addressing different topics and concepts around plagiarism and teaching.  This week, I thought I’d share some resources to help the cause.

Understanding Plagiarism:

I shared this resource a year or so ago after a conversation on campus about cheating.  Indiana University has created a tremendous tool for educating faculty and students on plagiarism.  Offered through case studies with in-depth explanations, the site can help students and instructors better recognize and avoid plagiarism.  The site also offers a ten question quiz and certification process that would be great to use with students in any course that is writing intensive.  Students could complete the tutorial and the quiz and print off their certification to confirm that they understand plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Citing Sources Infographic:

Looking for a fun way to teach your students about citing sources?  Kate Hart, an education blogger, created a JK Rowling inspired infographic to demonstrate the best ways for students to cite sources and to avoid suspicions of plagiarism.  Using characters from the Harry Potter series, Hart uses a quote from JK Rowling and shows the proper (and improper) ways to cite a source.

Ten Types of Plagiarism:

This is another infographic based on a study that Turnitin conducted on the different types of plagiarism and their respective frequencies.  Not surprisingly, a student submitting a “clone” is the most common form of plagiarism.  Cloning is when a student submits the complete work of another person without alteration.  Other high frequency forms of plagiarism include the “Mashup” and the CTRL-C, which are clearly demonstrated in the infographic.  The site and its original paper would be great resources to share with students to foster a larger dialogue around the importance of originality.

Ratings for Top Student Sources:

Wondering where your students get their information for papers and projects?  Turnitin conducted a long-range study on the papers submitted through their service and examined the value of each.  Using a rubric called the Source Educational Evaluation Rubric, Turnitin identified the most common sources for student works.  Across all categories, Wikipedia emerges as the top source for students in K-12 and higher education environments.

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL):

Offered more as a one-stop location for all things related to writing and academic research, OWL also offer educational resources to reduce plagiarism.  Looking for some classroom activities to teach about plagiarism?  Check out the lesson plans organized around contextualizing plagiarism and avoiding plagiarism.

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