Updated – 10 Sources to Jumpstart Your Education on 21st Century Plagiarism

plagiarismPlagiarism.org – Start here. It is an excellent and well-organized collection of knowledge and wisdom (not just information) regarding Plagiarism. I found the Types of Plagiarism section to be especially helpful in getting my head around the different nuances of the issue.

Willing Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism – This is a quick read from Inside Higher Education, and provides a quick introduction to some of the issues and challenges related to plagiarism. I appreciate the distinction between things like patch working and plagiarism.

Plagium – This is a free plagiarism tracking tool. Cut and past the text that you want to check, and Plagium compares it with content in the news and from other web-based sources.

Plagiarism Videos – Let’s take a break from reading and watch a couple of videos. Here are some well done videos from Rutgers University Libraries. I am especially fond of the one called, “Real Life Examples.”

PlagiarismDetect.com – The full service costs, but the free service still works fine, and it allows you to upload a .doc or .txt file for review rather than having to cut and paste text.

Turnitin.com – Now that you’ve looked at two free resources, it is time to check out one of the full-featured services. Turnitin.com not only helps with plagiarism detection. It also includes strategies/tools intended to help shape better and ethical writers in the digital age. While you are there, you may want to check out WriteCheck, one of many tools intended to help students check their own work. It is not common for people to plagiarize without realizing it, so this type of software might help them out.

Can Ethics Be Technologized? – Now that you’ve reviewed a few technological attempts to address plagiarism, allow me to introduce you to Paul Dombrowski. He, among others (I tend to agree with him on this subject), argues that creating technologies to solve ethical problems like plagiarism does nothing to address the two roots of the problem. By the way, you may have already discovered that the link I provided is only to the abstract. You will need to go through your local library or another creative source to get a fully copy of the article. It is worth the time and effort.

Prevent Plagiarism with Creative Assignments – Now this is where I get excited about a problem like plagiarism (is that strange to say?). Could it be that a problem like plagiarism is just what we need to help us get us out of a few educational ruts?

Plagiarism Tutorial from the Purdue OWL – This is a short but substantive tutorial for both student and teacher. It helps define plagiarism, gives tips for students on how to avoid it, and ends with suggestions for teachers.

Cheathouse.com – This is one of many paper-for-sale services on the web. Educators may want to take a little time to browse a few of them in order to get a feel for what it out there.

BONUS – CheatMOOC Archive – This is the archive of the Understanding Cheating MOOC that I led. It has dozens of useful articles along with guest lectures from some of the luminaries in the world of research and scholarship about academic integrity.

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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is an author, host of the MoonshotEdu Show, professor of education, AVP of Academics, and Chief Innovation officer. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, The Pedagogy of Faith (editor), and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He is passionate about futures in education, educational innovation, alternative education, and nurturing agency and curiosity.