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Avoiding Plagiarism, Learning Resources

Purdue OWL iconA terrific set of materials to help students learn to recognize and avoid plagiairism in their writing.  These pages explain what plagiarism is, and cover when and how to give credit to sources, and when something is "common knowledge" and does not need to be acknowledged.  There is also a description of best "safe" practices with a self-quiz on identifying plagiarized text.

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This site is a great deterrent to plagiarism. There are links to articles with topics like   "Poor quality papers from on-line plagiarism services are undermining the quality of university education," and "Creators of on-line plagiarism sites claim to support free speech. Their take? The sites are study aids," and "Boston University officials go undercover to stop the selling of term papers. The ensuing lawsuit includes charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and racketeering."  In addition, plagiarism.org offers links to sources that help students avoid plagiarism.  Note: some of the links on this site do not appear to be functioning.

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This article from the Seattle Times shows just how serious a problem plagiarism can be!  It also demonstrates that plagiarism is not just a problem in an academic setting, but an ethical problem that extends beyond University walls.

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Indiana University School of Education offers some good self-quizzes on this site to test your ability to recognize plagiarized text. Source material is presented alongside a sample of student work, and you decide what type of plagiarism occurs in the student's writing.

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