You've been researching what resources are in
public domain as well as how to use resources without infringing
on copyright and fair use laws. The next step is making sure the
product you are producing is not plagiarizing other people's intellectual
So what does it mean when work is "plagiarized?"
Dictionary (12 Nov 2003) states that to plagiarize
Main Entry: plagiarize
Inflected Form(s): -rized; -riz·ing
transitive senses : to steal and pass off (the ideas or
words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without
crediting the source
intransitive senses : to commit literary theft : present
as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing
- pla·gia·riz·er noun
There are many strategies to determine if the student's work contains
plagiarized work. Some of them include:
- If the syntax in the turned-in work suddenly improves, this
is a red flag that plagiarism maybe involved.
- Another indicator is if there is no bibliography with the
- The vocabulary used is considerably improved from their past
work....take a word from the material and ask your student to
define what this word(s) means.
- Use a search engine such as Google
to copy, paste and nest the phrase in quotes into the search
field of that search engine.
- If the final product has odd and inconsistent formatting,
this maybe another indicator.
- Using Real
download and listen to this audio file from National Public Radio's
web site. This clip is about well-known author Steven Ambrose
plagiarizing in his written work: real
audio file or mp3
- What future consequences do you think S. Ambrose will face?
- How can you avoid plagiarism?
- Download this activity sheet: (word
doc file) (adobe
- Visit Dr. Jamie McKenzie's Module Maker for Online
- Visit these well-designed research
project examples/more examples
- Review the possible indicators of plagiarized work listed above...can
you think of other indicators that aren't included in that list?
Now visit this site Plagiarism
Stoppers: A Teacher's Guide and explore the resources they
have listed for detecting plagiarism.
- Download, print and distribute this file using Adobe Acrobat
- Discuss as a group what does and does not constitute plagiarism.
- Did you learn something new about plagiarism that you didn't
know before? Explain.
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