DIGITAL ETHICS: 4. Plagiarism

Subjects: Digital Literacy, Ethics & Communities
Grade Level: All
Source: Cable in the Classroom

In the digital universe, plagiarism is as easy as copying and pasting text from a Web site or CD. It’s as simple as downloading a paper from an online paper mill. These sites help you learn what to look for and how to teach your students to avoid plagiarism:

An overview of plagiarism and the Web, by Bruce Leland at Western Illinois University, provides 12 helpful guidelines for teachers, including:

  • Having teachers familiarize themselves with web sites that offer term papers and letting students know they are aware of them;
  • Using the sites for teaching the differences between good and bad writing;
  • Discussions about ethics; and
  • Monitoring students’ writing processes.

A clearinghouse for information about digital plagiarism, by Sharon Stoerger MLS, MBA. This extensive list provides brief descriptions, commentary, and links to dozens of sites. Sections include:

  • Articles
  • Copyright & Intellectual Freedom
  • For Instructors
  • For Students
  • Plagiarism Case Studies
  • Plagiarism Detection Tools
  • Term Paper Sites—Examples
  • Additional Plagiarism Resources
  • Additional Ethics Resources


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