Kimbel Library: Presentations
Cheating 101: Easy Steps to Combatting Plagiarism
- Define what plagiarism is and isn't.
Guide the research paper process. Structure the research project so that it fulfills the
goals of the class. Set up the project so that sections are worked on over the course of
the semester. Don't let students get into a time crunch.
- Make students aware of what constitutes plagiarism and how you handle it.
- Let students know that you know about term paper mills.
- Talk about copyright and the Internet.
- Talk about how to document web pages, how to document materials from online databases and
the differences between web pages and online databases.
Focus on the process of writing.
Have students turn in any or all of the following over the course of a semester:
- Have different sections due at different times and provide feedback along the way.
- Have conferences with students regarding their progress and to see what they have produced
- Being familiar with a student's style of writing, grammar, and vocabulary makes it easier
to determine if they are the writer of the paper.
As part of the paper or as a separate assignment, have students reflect personally on the
topic they are writing on or on the process of doing research and writing.
- A thesis statement/abstract.
- Written proposal for paper.
- Working or annotated bibliography.
- Rough draft or working notes.
- All working drafts turned in with the final paper.
- Copies of cited references. (Some services provide these for an extra fee)
Make sure students know that you read the papers that are handed in.
Tie the topics into the class experience.
- Have writing assignments that have students analyze classroom activities or discussions in
light of the text.
- Use local issues as topics.
- Ask students to include a section in their term paper that discusses their topic in light
of what was covered in class.
- On the final exam, ask students to summarize the main points of their research paper.
Cheating 101: Homepage
Peggy Bates/Margaret Fain
Date Last Modified: Mar 23, 2009
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