Quick Tips

  1. Explain and define academic honesty concepts and plagiarism to your class on the first day and in your syllabus.
  2. Consider the ways cultural contexts affect plagiarism (both in the U.S. due to technology and outside due to national differences) might affect how your students understand plagiarism when designing course materials and assignments.
  3. If the course will require research papers, introduce the preferred style manual and demonstrate citation and bibliography standards and expectations.
  4. Encourage students to seek assistance in the Learning Commons from the University Writing Center for 30-minute drop-in consultations and the Reference and Research Assistance Desk for librarian support in locating and evaluating information sources.
  5. Require drafts of papers to move students through the paper-writing process over a period of time.
  6. Break assignments down into various stages of research and writing (referred to as scaffolding) to help teach particular aspects of knowledge-construction.
  7. Discuss source evaluation in class and require students to submit the first page of each source cited in the bibliography labeled with the correct citation.
  8. Design assignments closely connected to your course content that make it more difficult to plagiarize.