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| How To Avoid Plagiarism
By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 13, 2004, 10:09 PST
The publishing world was shocked in May 2003, when the New York Times published a series of articles detailing the plagiarism of one of its reporters. Twenty-seven year old, Jayson Blair, was found to have plagiarized, lifted, and outright fabricated materials for his articles. So far the review has covered only the articles created since he started covering national topics in October of 2002. Of 73 articles, the reviewers found problems with at least 36 of them.Style Guides Online:
Read more about this deception at the New York Times:
US reporter 'lied to readers'
Source: BBC News
Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception
Source: NY Times
Plagiarism is a rampant problem the academic world. Its therefore inevitable that the problem would bleed-over into the business world. How do you safeguard against plagiarism? The Staff at ClassBrain has assembled a set of resources to help with this issue in and out of the classroom.
A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation
This site is an excellent online guide to how to create a properly formatted MLA paper. This is a wonderful resource for students, parents, and teachers.
Source: Capital Community College Library
Research And Documentation Online
This excellent resource site allows you to see which style guide is preferred by various university department as well as to view sample papers created in each style. This guide covers: MLA, APA, Chicago Paper, and CBE.
Source: Bedford St Martins
APA Style Guide Online
This style guide has been adopted by many of the social and behavioral sciences for their editorial style and citations.
Source: APA Online
The Hamilton College Style Sheet
This guide takes students through the writing process, organization, plagiarism, works cited, documentation, and more.
Source: Hamilton College
This little guide helps students get a handle on what plagiarism is and the steps needed to avoid it. Its available as a PDF handout and includes a quiz.
Source: Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering The Art Of Scholarship
This is a more extensive guide to what constitutes plagiarism. It includes guidelines on how to avoid creating a plagiarized document and examples. It is also available as a PDF handout.
Source: Regents of UC Davis
How To Avoid Plagiarism
This guide is very descriptive. I contains clear examples of the difference between properly cited and improperly created materials. Topics include: interpretation, paraphrasing, authors examples and visual materials, debatable facts, and more.
Source: Northwestern University
Plagiarism: An IRCC Tutorial
This is a clearly designed tutorial that allows the student or teacher to define plagiarism and cybercheating, recognize examples of plagiarism, locate online help about plagiarism, and avoid plagiarism.
Source: Indian River Community College
Student Guide To Avoiding Plagiarism
The standout feature of this guide is the comparison of original material with its plagiarized counterpart and a correctly cited version. This makes a murky subject much clearer.
Source: California State University, Fullerton
For teachers only:
Internet paper mills are companies that sell term papers, and essays to students. Sometimes they are prefabricated. Other times they are custom created for the students. Knowing that these companies exist is the first step to identifying materials generated by these companies. This is an extensive list from the Kimball Library.
Source: Kimball Library
This is a guide that is specifically aimed at instructing teachers how to spot plagiarized materials. This is an excellent guide with real-life examples, analyses of what is wrong with the materials, and what you can do about the problem. Highly recommended.
If youre looking for a high-tech solution to checking students work, this company may have the solution. Many schools are using this system to review documents for plagiarized materials.