Plagiarism

Students of all grades, from high school to university, are familiar with the problem of plagiarism. This is a quite ambiguous issue, which includes moral, ethical, and legal phases. It is not like plagiarism appeared yesterday, but with the expansion of the Internet, and rapid information propagation, this theme has become even more menace. Despite the fact that students face the problem of plagiarism most commonly, it is peculiar to different people. Teachers, entrepreneurs, journalists, lawyers, and other people plagiarize works composed by other authors, too.

Plagiarism means taking a work done by some other person and claiming it as your own. For instance, if you take some quote from the work Chrysler LLC Business Failure, and do not cite it in the text and a reference list, you make a plagiarism crime. If you need to include some outside material into your work but don’t want to be accused of plagiarism, you just have to include the references or acknowledgments of the initial document.

We have gathered some useful sources to educate and guide students. If you would like to learn more about plagiarism and ways to avoid it – check out the list below.

Websites to help you learn what plagiarism is

On this website, you will find the University of Maryland’s writing program with definitions of plagiarism and ways to avoid it. There is an online library there to help you find some articles and general guidelines for students who want to follow the rules of academic integrity. Access: http://www.umuc.edu/library/libservices/faculty_plagiarism.cfm.

On the website of State University of New York, you will find a couple of articles about plagiarism, which include definitions and strategies to avoid it. You are free to browse the online library available at the website or simply type the word “plagiarism” into the search bar of the web page and find many useful texts like this one: http://www.albany.edu/eas/104/plagiary.htm.

 Purdue OWL is for those students and teachers who are interested in correct writing, formatting, and understanding plagiarism. With the help of their guidelines, you will get a clear idea about different writing situations and circumstances when referencing is necessary. Also, you will find out how to avoid any accidental plagiarism: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/3/33/.

This website provides a variety of useful texts about plagiarism, penalties for committing it, and clear examples to let you view a full picture. They offer articles that include examples of good and bad paraphrasing, documenting common knowledge, and other helpful tips. Check this PDF guide for a start: https://www.uky.edu/Ombud/Plagiarism.pdf.

This site offers numerous writing and formatting guidelines, as well as information on how to recognize and avoid plagiarism. Here is a link to an article about plagiarism: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.pdf. There you will find not only information about what plagiarism is and ways to avoid it but also clear examples of correct paraphrasing.

Macmillan Learning provides a wide range of amazing tutorials. There is an entire selection of articles focused mostly on History papers and ways to compose them successfully. There you will find guidelines on planning, preparing, note taking, digital sources usage, and, of course, plagiarism: http://www.macmillanlearning.com/Catalog/contentnew.aspx?Title=19182.

Academic honor codes

ICAI was founded to decrease all types of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating. This organization offer resources, services, conversations on different academic integrity topics, and consultations to its members each year at the annual conference. It provides the list universities who stick to the honor code, as well as membership both individual and institutional.

This document taken from the John Hopkins University’s website is a statement on ethics composed for students who attend Nursing course, however it is suitable for any other specialization. There you will find a list of academic violations and ethical issues, including plagiarizing.

This handbook includes information about responsibility for being a part of an academic community and supporting its rules. Also, you will find some useful links in this article to give you even broader look at the  academic integrity.

Resources and software to detect plagiarism in papers


EVE is an online plagiarism detection system for students and teachers to find and prevent plagiarism on the Internet sources. This tool is not free, but the price is more than affordable. As it is said on their website, this online tool is advanced enough to find different kinds of plagiarism.

Designed by UC Berkeley students, Turnitin is one of the most common names in the world of plagiarism detection. This tool has proved to be effective for students, as well as for teachers. Most college teachers use it and ask their students to check their papers through this program.

This service is great for checking scholarly documents and papers of a high academic level. Professional writers can use it to make sure that their content is original. The program has a database of more than 30 million articles and 67 thousands of journals and books.    

The mission of this website is to detect plagiarism and help you get rid of it. You are free to take advantage of one of three different services to learn about plagiarism, detect plagiarism for faculty, and for individual use.

One more software to fight academic dishonesty. Use it to check your paper for uniqueness, as well as to evaluate language syntax and structure to detect rewritten and poorly paraphrased parts. It is free, but you need to make yourself an account.

This one is a tool for plagiarism detection, grammar checking, and tutoring. This tool is as advanced, as Turnitin (and affiliated with it), and educators and students are recommended to use it for high school, college, and graduate papers.

Comprehensive documents and workshops

Ronald Standler is known as a consultant and attorney. He has prepared a clear and detailed document about the legal aspects of plagiarism. In his work, Standler examines copyright law, the law about plagiarism,  fraud, trademark, and other important aspects. Also, he looks through the cases that commonly occur in schools and colleges, legal actions against people who blame you in plagiarism, and provides useful links relevant to the issue: http://www.rbs2.com/plag.pdf

This is a solid research done by Council of Writing Program Administrators. They approach the problem in four ways: defining plagiarism, evaluating different cases and types of plagiarism, offering ideas on how to address the problem (for learners and teachers), and recommending some teaching and learning practices that reduce chances for plagiarism. 

In his work, Jamie McKenzie offers ideas to prevent plagiarism in colleges. He focuses on the fact that we live in the electronic era and therefore offers to fight the “cut-and-paste” enemy with the modern instruments. He emphasizes essential questions connected with online plagiarism and examines the ways to deal with them.

Libraries, search engines, and academic databases

You can use Yahoo to search information using categories and subcategories. This allows you to insert words and phrases from your text and check whether Yahoo finds them anywhere on the web.

Again, use this searching tool to find out whether some phrases and keywords from your text coincide with other online sources.

You know Google for being the most efficient and widely-used search engine, right? But did you know that this service also offers an amazing full-text academic database? Use it to get sources for your papers instead of copying and pasting.

JSTOR is a digital library that stores a great number of primary sources, journals, and books. There you will find full versions of more than 2000 of academic journals. Use it to find the initial sources for your papers as well as current issues.