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Strategies to Discourage Plagiarism

[check mark]Formulate:

  • In-class writing assignments which can be compared to papers completed outside of class
  • Diaries of search paths used in locating information (Weisbard)

[check mark]Incorporate:

  • A list of narrowly-defined, approved topics that changes each semester
  • A minimum number of several types of sources (two books, four articles, etc.)
  • Inclusion of information provided in class discussions and assigned readings
  • Interviews with experts
  • At least two sources from the most recent six months
  • Oral reports or one-on-one discussions of the paper
  • Checkpoints when students share their work to date
  • Follow-up in-class essays about what the students learned from their research (Harris)

[check mark]Require:

  • A written thesis statement early in the research process
  • A description of the research process
  • Rough drafts
  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Copies of cited sources
  • Personal reflections on the subject (Fain)

[check mark] Encourage:

  • Original thought in reaction to content
  • Thorough explanations of ideas
  • Problem solving or questioning behavior
  • Justification of conclusions
  • Incorporation of personal insights into the subject (McKenzie)


McKenzie, Jamie. "The New Plagiarism: Seven Antidotes to Prevent Highway Robbery in an Electronic Age" From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal 7.8 (1998): 30 Oct. 2003

Harris, Robert. Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers. 7 Mar. 2002. Virtual Salt. 30 Oct. 2003 <>.

Fain, Margaret. Cheating 101: Paper Mills and You--Easy Steps to Combating Plagiarism.  17 Sep. 2003.

Kimbel Library. 30 Oct. 2003 <>.
Weisbard, Phyllis Holman. Cheating, Plagiarism (and Other Questionable Practices), The Internet, and Other Electronic Resources. 9 Apr. 2003. Libraries, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 30 Oct. 2003 <>.

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