18 Ways to Prevent Plagiarism in Student Papers
- Hand out explanation of what constitutes plagiarism in its various forms.
- Teach students how to paraphrase and how to cite sources.
- Give students a set of topics from which to choose and change topics frequently.
- Do not allow last-minute topic changes.
- Require students to submit copies of research notes.
- Require students to submit bibliographies, outlines, and drafts.
- Require precise formatting for papers and do not allow even slight deviations.
- Give pop quiz on paper contents.
- Require oral report in addition to paper.
- Warn students against storing work on multiple user computer devices such as shared computers.
- Assign narrowly focused topics, rather than broad, general ones.
- Use very current topics to lessen chance of papers being available on the Internet.
- Structure the writing assignment as a series of steps with checkpoints.
- Require copies of at least two drafts.
- Check the working bibliography early in the assignment.
- Require all resources to be current, from the last 2-3 years.
- Require an annotated bibliography with 1-2 sentences describing each source.
- Do not leave graded papers lying around
Sources: Ann Lathrop and Kathleen Foss, Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era.
Bernard Whitley, Jr. and Patricia Keith-Spiegel, Academic Dishonesty.