What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism Prevention

Plagiarism Prevention: Sites and Citing Sources for Detection and Prevention

Today there are a number of sites dedicated to plagiarism prevention, including those selling plagiarism detection software or providing free online services. The Plagiarism Prevention Web Guide is full of plagiarism prevention resources to help teachers, writers and editors do their work more efficiently, including free tools that can explain citations and even generate citations so that writers can avoid plagiarism in any form.

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What Is Plagiarism?

Because of the serious consequences you could face if you're found guilty of plagiarizing another's work, it's important that you fully understand the definition of plagiarism. Use the Web to find a clear answer to the question, "What is plagiarism?"

Insights for Understanding What Plagiarism Is

  • University library Web sites often have good resources on plagiarism. Most are available to the public. Try your alma mater or a local university.
  • Just because something is published on the Web does not mean that it is free for anyone to copy. Most material online is copyrighted and must be cited or it is considered plagiarized. If you're putting your own content on the Web, learn how to ensure nobody is swiping it in the "How to Detect Plagiarism" section of this guide.
  • Copyright doesn't just apply to the written word: images, songs and other media fall under copyright. For information about free use of other forms of media, try the findingDulcinea Free-use Media Web Guide.

Top Sites for Understanding What Plagiarism Is

Plagiarism.org offers lots of information about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Look for resources for teachers (such as printable lesson plans and handouts) to help teach students about plagiarism.

The Pennsylvania State University offers resources to help you understand, prevent and detect plagiarism, and has links to plagiarism policy and citation guidelines.

VirtualSalt has a plagiarism page on which it outlines strategies for teacher awareness of plagiarism, prevention and detection. Information is presented thoughtfully and clearly. Though the page is geared toward college-age students, the information is applicable to younger students as well.

Plagiarized.com was designed “to help instructors and parents better understand how the Internet can facilitate plagiarism,” and it does so by providing detection tips, research advice, prevention resources and more.

K12Academics has a brief overview of plagiarism in elementary schools, including specifics about the Web and types of plagiarism.

Scholastic provides an article on the evolution of cheating and its psychological and rational underpinnings for modern students. It provides tips for teachers and parents on keeping students honest in their research.

The Educational Testing Service and Ad Council presents background on cheating in education, along with a factsheet.
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