Anti-Plagiarism Instruction in College Courses
“Coverage of Anti-Plagiarism Instruction in College Courses: Students and Instructors Respond
We asked college students: “Do your instructors teach you about plagiarism?” The great majority of those surveyed, 92%, said that yes, they do learn about plagiarism in their classes.
Likewise, most instructors address plagiarism in their courses; 76% of those we surveyed said that they talk to students about it.
Teaching Tips: Avoiding Plagiarism and Improving Academic Writing Skills
If you don’t currently cover plagiarism, but you would like to address it in some fashion, consider taking the following steps:
- Post a link to your institution’s academic integrity policy to your syllabus, class website, or LMS.
- Direct students to your campus library’s website; the site will often include helpful tutorials that help students understand (and avoid) plagiarism.
- Ensure that students know which style guide they should be using when completing projects for your course.
- Call attention to these resources at the start of your course; remind students about them when it’s time for them to begin their projects.
- Tell students that you’ll be using an originality checker (such as Turnitin) to vet their work (and then, do so).”