1. Defining plagiarism
- According to the experts at Plagiarism.org generally, it is considered passing the
work of another off as your own and might include:
- Using or copying another’s ideas or words without giving proper credit
- Omitting a citation of another’s work
- Improperly quoting other’s works
- For a list of 10 types of plagiarism, see http://www.writecheck.com/static/types_of_plagiarism.html
2. Tips that a paper may be plagiarized
Summarized from 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 Canvas, and on the Internet through the Turnitin.com
- Most AHC instructors use Turnitin with Canvas because it is easier for both students
4. How to write assignments that encourage academic integrity
Summarized from 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.
- 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.
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