Strategies to Discourage Plagiarism
writing assignments which can be compared to papers completed outside
of search paths used in locating information (Weisbard)
- A list of narrowly-defined, approved topics that changes each semester
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)
- 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)
- 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)
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New Plagiarism: Seven Antidotes to Prevent Highway Robbery in an Electronic
Age" From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal 7.8 (1998): 30 Oct.
Harris, Robert. Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research
Papers. 7 Mar. 2002. Virtual Salt. 30 Oct. 2003 <http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm>.
Fain, Margaret. Cheating 101: Paper Mills and You--Easy
Steps to Combating Plagiarism. 17 Sep. 2003.
Kimbel Library. 30 Oct. 2003 <http://www.coastal.edu/library/easystep.htm>.
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 <http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/WomensStudies/plag.htm>.
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