CombatingPlagiarismEasy Steps to preventplagiarism in your classes
Step 1 – Define WhatPlagiarism Is and Isn’t Make students aware of what constitutes plagiarism and how you handle it. Let students know that you know about term paper mills. Talk about copyright and the Internet. Talk about how to document web pages, how to document materials from online databases and the differences between web pages and online databases.
Step 2 – Guide the ResearchProcess Structure the research project so that it fulfills the goals of the class. Set up the project so that sections are worked on over the course of the semester. Dont let students get into a time crunch.
Step 3 – Focus on the Processof Writing Have different sections due at different times and provide feedback along the way. Have conferences with students regarding their progress and to see what they have produced so far. Being familiar with a students style of writing, grammar, and vocabulary makes it easier to determine if they are the writer of the paper.
Step 4 – Collect Work Duringthe Writing/Research Process Have students turn in any or all of the following over the course of a semester: A thesis statement/abstract. Written proposal for paper. Working or annotated bibliography. Rough draft or working notes. Outlines. All working drafts turned in with the final paper. Copies of cited references. (Some services provide these for an extra fee)
Step 5 – Require PersonalReflection Aspart of the paper or as a separate assignment, have students reflect personally on the topic they are writing on or on the process of doing research and writing.
Step 6 – Read the Student’sPapers Make sure students know that you read the papers that are handed in Be sure to comment on all written work due throughout the semester By providing feedback, the students will take the assignment more seriously and know that you are familiar with their writing “voice”
Step 7 – Tie the Topics into theClass Experience Have writing assignments that have students analyze classroom activities or discussions in light of the text. Use local issues as topics. Ask students to include a section in their term paper that discusses their topic in light of what was covered in class. On the final exam, ask students to summarize the main points of their research paper.
Step 8 – Use the LearningCommons Writing :& ReadingConsultant Services Require or recommend students to use the Learning Commons Writing & Reading Consultant Services Our writing consultants are trained to help students in any step of the writing process. Our consultants help students to understand the writing process and help build writing skills. We are NOT a proofreading service. Refer students with poor writing skills or suspected of plagiarism to Learning Commons services Require students to have a writing consultation as part of the class requirement. (Required in all AH110 and AH120 courses)