Strategies for Preventing Plagiarism 



Presented at the IL-TCE 2005 Conference, March 3, 2005

Charlene Chausis, Technology Trainer (Retired 2012)

Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL

Co-Presenter: Laura Brown, Communication Arts Teacher
Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL

More than 30 percent of students cut and paste information they find online into their term papers, presenting it as original work. Our strategies for deterring plagiarism include a subscription to, which provides opportunities for student collaboration in addition to assignment management tools. Resources for Indentifying Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else’s words or ideas as your own. According to A Pocket Style Manual, there are three actions that are considered plagiarism when assimilating information from any outside source. Plagiarism includes the following:

a. “failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas”
b. “failing to include borrowed language in quotation marks”
c. “failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words” (Hacker 110).

IMSA's 21st Century Information Fluency Project

Plagiarism Resources - Mini-unit

Learning module

Deterring Plagiarism:
Some Strategies

Here are some practical ways to lessen the risk of plagiarism in your classes and keep using writing as a way to explore ideas and learn ways of thinking. These suggestions state general principles and offer tips for applying them efficiently.

• Make assignments an integral part of the course
• Demonstrate your expectations
• Look at the process as well as the product
• More resources and examples

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism from Duke University:

Guide to Plagiarism and Cyber-Plagiarism from the University of Alberta:

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers by Robert Harris

Simon Fraser University Library's Plagiarism Tutorial:

Visit this site for a wonderful interactive tutorial on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, and learn how to quote and paraphrase documents.Take a short quiz to test your knowledge.

Citation Machine from David Warlick:
Citation Machine is an interactive Web tool designed to assist teachers in modeling the proper use of information property. Students are welcome to use this as well. You merely...
1. Click the type of resource you wish to cite,
2. Complete the Web form that appears with information from your resource, and
3. Click Make Citations to generate standard MLA & APA citations, a Pedagogic Placebo for Plagiarism -- an opinion.


Last Updated: June 14, 2017