Plagiarism is a hot topic among educators today. The Internet has revolutionized how students research, find and relate to information. Plagiarism used to consist of copying word for word from books. Nowadays a few simple key strokes will cut and paste information from any website into a student’s papers.
There are a number of ways teachers can figure out if their students are plagiarizing. There are a number of websites and programs that will help you do just that. You type in a portion of your student’s paper and run it through a plagiarism checker to see if those words appear elsewhere on the Internet. If they do, your student may have plagiarized. Check out these free online resources:
- University of Maryland’s Plagiarsim Checker
- Advanced Plagiarism Checker
- Outsourcing is the new plagiarism: What teachers need to know
- Effective Learning Video – by students, for students
- Success Strategy for Students: How to Make Sense of Scholarly Research Articles
- Success Strategy for Students: How to Cite Class Notes
- 5 clues your students are plagiarizing
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.