1. Defining plagiarism
2. Tips that a paper may be plagiarized
Summarized from http://plagiarism.org/
- Essay is off-topic with a few relevant sentences inserted by student
- Formatting is off where different pieces have been pasted in
- References are from sources not available in our library or local systems
- References are very dated
- Composition is way above or below the student’s level of ability
3. Is Turnitin.com a solution?
Instructors, try for yourself.
- Turnitin is an online company that analyzes student work for originality and potential
plagiarism. It is used at all UC and CSU campuses.
- AHC has a subscription with Turnitin for use by faculty. Contact Kathy Headtke to request the AHC login information or attend a staff development session to learn
- There are two ways to use Turnitin, with Blackboard, and on the Internet through the
- Most AHC instructors use Turnitin with Blackboard because it is easier for both students
and instructors. Three good videos on a. creating an assignment, b. accessing the
inbox, and submitting a paper are online at http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/support/integrations/blackboard-basic .
4. How to write assignments that encourage academic integrity
Summarized from http://plagiarism.org/resources/student-materials/ and http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/tips-for-preventing-plagiarism-among-college-students/
- Assign a brief in-class essay early in the term to use as a baseline for comparison
of papers written later.
- Define plagiarism clearly and explain citation requirements with students.
- Assign unique or unusual assignments that are more difficult to find on term paper
mills, ie. local topics, different perspectives, and rotate topics each semester.
- Use draft outlines and monitor student work as the essay evolves.
- Require current sources.
- Require an annotated bibliography in conjunction with an assignment.
- Require different types of sources, like two books, two periodicals, and two internet sites.
- Require students to submit printouts of source materials.
- Vary the audience to use a specific vocabulary, structural approach, and research components.
- Let students know you use Turnitin.
5. What to do?
- Get educated about plagiarism, know the what, where, why, and how.
- Peruse http://plagiarism.org/resources/facts-and-stats to learn more about research and studies on the topic.
- Get involved and attend a meeting of the Academic Integrity Committee.
- Discuss plagiarism with students and colleagues.
- Use Turnitin if it suits you.
- Review and know the guidelines in AHC’s Academic Honesty policy and the Student Code
of Conduct (listed under “academic dishonesty”) online in the AHC College Catalog.
- Contact Student Services or your department chair for advice on process.
- Be familiar with the Notice of Instructor Discipline form available on myHancock Document/Forms library.
The AHC policy is as follows:
“If an instructor determines, after a conference with the student, that the student
has been academically dishonest, the instructor at his/her discretion may issue a
failing grade on the assignment, fail the student from the course, or take other measures
that are reasonable and appropriate. The student may also be subject to further disciplinary
action through the vice president of student services. An appeals process is available
to the student through the office of the vice president, student services.”
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