Preventing Plagiarism

No matter how hard a professor tries to prevent plagiarism, some enterprising students will find a way to cheat.

I would offer our faculty the following rules of thumb:

1. Structure the assignment so that the grade is based on demonstrating understanding of how the final product or correct answer was achieved rather than just the final product or correct answer itself.

2. Especially in the case of written assignments, require multiple drafts and bibliographies to track the student progress in preparation of turning in the final project.

3. Ask a librarian to come in and talk to your class on the ethics of information managment and copyright law.
4. Finally, if you suspect plagiarism, search google for unique phrases to see if the text has been copied from an online site. Contact the library reference desk for assistance with this process.

Clipped from: The Kept-Up Academic Librarian: Preventing Plagiarism Requires Extra Effort
September 26, 2006
Preventing Plagiarism Requires Extra Effort

Preventing plagiarism takes hard work. Cheat-proofing her classroom pushes this biology teacher’s workweek up to 80 hours some weeks. She scoured the Internet before realizing she needed to switch a lab experiment on fruit flies because the genetic codes were online. Her assignments show just how far teachers are going to fight an unprecedented boom in cheating that has been driven by the Internet and other technology. Read more at:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060917/NEWS/609170639/1006/SPORTS

Posted by steven bell on September 26, 2006

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