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Plagiarism for Faculty
Plagiarism: Information for Faculty
Plagiarism and cheating, instead of being viewed as extra loads for the ever busy faculty members, have been seen by many educators as an opportunity to re-think teaching methods and learning outcomes. One of these educators is G. Van Belle, an English professor, who wrote "How Cheating Helps Drive Better Instruction", in which he offers tips to help deter plagiarized assignments and says:
"I have found that the perceived increase in student cheating has helped my teaching. Rather than resort to policing my classes for the dishonest, I have taken on the challenge of creating courses that will challenge the honest, hard-working student and will ultimately deter the student with a tendency toward cheating." (Van Belle, 2001)
This section offers faculty members a teaching strategy which, if followed, would help prevent plagiarism. It lets you
learn about plagiarism
pinpoint the sources of plagiarism
, discover how to
. In addition to the selected resources on this page, each sub-page includes additional resources related to the topic.
To combat plagiarism effectively in an academic environment, faculty members need, first and foremost, to become familiar with the causes and sources of plagiarism, and to teach their students about ethics, intellectual property, plagiarism, and proper ways to cite research sources.
Sources of Plagiarism
The main source of electronic plagiarism is the Internet. There are two types of websites that students might use for plagiarism:
First, educational and informative sites
Second, cheating sites which are also called paper mills
In order for plagiarism to not pass unseen, a faculty member must know how to detect plagiarism in the student's papers. Here, you can find suggestions and tips on how to identify plagiarized material.
Although there is no way to prevent all students from plagiarizing, faculty members can take measures that will reduce plagiarism cases. There are many online articles and webpages on how instructors should handle assignments to avoid plagiarism. They provide suggestions useful for instructors from all disciplines. Some of these suggestions are compiled below with their sources.
What is Plagiarism? - pdf - 11 KB
Listing References - pdf - 15 KB
Types of Plagiarism - pdf - 8 KB
What is Citation? - pdf - 9 KB
Important Terms - pdf - 10 KB
How Do I Cite Sources? - pdf - 25 KB
Why Do Students Plagiarize? - pdf - 14 KB
Citation Styles - pdf - 19 KB
Guidelines for Plagiarism Prevention - pdf - 14 KB
Citation FAQ - pdf - 18 KB