Internet Plagiarism in the ClassroomBy: Shelly Dunsford
Some statistics for you… “approximately 74 percent of students admit plagiarizing at least once during the past school year.” “more than half the high school students surveyed had used material copied from the Internet in research papers.” “Fifteen percent said they had turned in reports copied entirely off the Internet -- or purchased on the Internet.”
Why do students Plagiarize? Intentional vs.• most common type of plagiarism Unintentional• Happens in higher grades
Intentional Plagiarism Thrill/ challenge of trying to get away with plagiarizing. Lack of time. Intimidated by/ lack of confidence in their own work. Their classmates are doing it so why not do it too?
Unintentional Plagiarism They don’t know how to paraphrase. Mix up their own notes with notes from their source. Forget to write down the bibliographical information when researching, and can’t find it again later. Confusion over expectations and what plagiarizing is.
So what can we do as teachers? Prevention, prevention, and more prevention
Preventing Intentional Plagiarism Susan Sieber’s ideas:1. Use specific/ unique research topics for essays.2. Have students do lots of brainstorming, outlining, and prewriting within class time. Plagiarism.org’s ideas:1. Tell students that their perspectives/analyses are more important than the perspectives of other writers.2. Their own life experiences give a more interesting spin on the topic than other writer’s work on the same topic.
Preventing Intentional Plagiarism continued… Education World suggests:1. Taking a paper right off the internet and grading it together as a class.
Preventing Unintentional Plagiarism Education World suggests to make sure your students: 1. know the specific consequences for plagiarism. 2. All the different forms plagiarism can take. 3. Write the citations next to all of their notes. 4. Give them a handout with clear expectations for citing within the assignment and in the Bibliography
Preventing Unintentional Plagiarism continued… Plagiarism.org suggests: Teachers have writing workshops within class time where students can practice skills like paraphrasing or note taking.
Resources to help you withprevention There are literally hundreds of ways to prevent plagiarism so here are some websites, that I found very useful, for you to check out if you’re looking for more prevention strategies: http://www.plagiarism.org/index.html http://www.helium.com/knowledge/36346-plagiarism- in-the-classroom-prevention-rather-than-detection
How do we detect plagiarism? Grammarly.com: http://www.grammarly.com/?q=plagiarism&gclid=CKz9xZ_P9asCFUca QgodQx7qUQ Viper, the plagiarism checker for Microsoft Windows: http://www.scanmyessay.com/ Eve Plagiarism Detection System: http://www.canexus.com/eve/index.shtml This one is 29.99 for unlimited use. Turnitin: https://www.turnitin.com/static/index.php This is commonly used in University.Susan Sieber suggests having students write a short in class essay so youcan get an idea/ sample of their writing style so it’s easier to pick outplagiarism when they do larger essays/ assignments. (prevention anddetection tool)
ReferencesiParadigms, LLC. (2011). Plagiarism in the Digital Age: Voices from theFront Lines: What’s Happening in High Schools Now?. plagiarismdotORG.Retrieved October 16th, 2011, from http://www.plagiarism.org/index.htmlKelly, Melissa. (n.d.). Integrating the Internet. About.com. RetrievedOctober 14, 2011, fromhttp://712educators.about.com/cs/technology/a/integratetech_2.htmPut an End to Plagiarism in Your Classroom.(n.d.). Education World.Retrieved October 14, 2011, fromhttp://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr390.shtmlSieber, Susan. (Nov.1, 2010). Plagiarism in the classroom: Preventionrather than detection. Helium. Retrieved October 16, 2011, fromhttp://www.helium.com/items/1999591-how-to-prevent-plagiarism-in-the-classroom
Extra Resources for you: This article is about one teacher`s battle with parents and students in regards to plagiarism: http://www.edutopia.org/dispatches-beat-the- cheat (retrieved October 18, 2011) More strategies for dealing with plagiarism for Teachers: http://www.virtualsalt.com/antiplag.htm (retrieved October 18, 2011)