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Malia Willey
Malia Willey

Malia is available to answer any questions you have about instruction in the library.

Library Instruction

Preventing Plagiarism

Concerned about plagiarism? Activities and assignments can be designed for students to learn about practicing academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism. The Monroe Library faculty is available for consultation and collaboration.

Detecting Plagiarism

Visit our tutorial on Using SafeAssign in Blackboard.

Activities for Teaching Academic Integrity

Our librarians can work with you to develop activities or meet with your classes.

  • Discuss the ethical use of information and engaging in the community of scholarship
  • Ask students to debate if real-life or case-based scenarios involve plagiarism
  • Assign a citation or plagiarism quiz to students
  • Create worksheets that allow students to practice creating citations
  • Have students practice summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting from passages
  • Provide students with examples of text and ask them to determine if plagiarism has occurred
  • Ask students to correct examples of improperly cited text
  • Allow students to critique an essay from a paper mill
  • Have students submit drafts of their papers using SafeAssign in order to identify and correct instances of unintentional plagiarism
  • Ask students to examine the footnotes of a work to determine if the source was properly represented and cited

Assignments that Discourage Plagiarism

Our librarians can help you design effective and engaging research assignments.

  • Incorporate the university's regulations on academics integrity no syllabi and assignments, and outline the consequences for plagiarizing in your course
  • Include resources on creating citations and avoiding plagiarism on syllabi and assignments
  • Add the contact information for WAC and the library to syllabi and assignments
  • Create unique assignments that require specialized research
  • Using an inquiry model, allow students to create engaging topics of their own
  • Develop innovative assignments that allow students to apply what they have learned to creative work
  • Focus assignments on a specific topic or question
  • Develop assignments around a current event
  • Update or change assignments on a regular basis
  • Chunk the assignment into steps (proposal, annotated bibliography, outlines, drafts, peer editing, etc.) throughout the semester

ResouRces for Students

Visit our research guide on Avoiding Plagiarism.

Articles

Assisting Students to Avoid Plagiarism: Part 2: The Inquiry Approach

Process-Based Assignments: How Promoting Information Literacy Prevents Plagiarism

Software Catches (and Also Helps) Young Plagiarists

Useful Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism

Learn More

The Citation Project: Preventing Plagiarism, Teaching Writing

Guide to Plagiarism and Cyber-Plagiarism by University of Alberta Libraries

International Center for Academic Integrity

Avoiding Plagiarism by UCLA Library