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Citation and Plagiarism

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What Should be Cited?

You Quote It, You Not It! Tutorial for students on citing sources: http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/


  • Students should be taught from an early age to credit others for their words and ideas.

  • All media must be cited: pictures, music, videos, etc.

  • This includes any original material or ideas.

  • Common knowledge does not have to be cited; facts that would not be known by a student should be cited.

  • Personal opinion does not have to be cited

  • Paraphrasing or changing a few words does not make the work someone's own.

  • Creative Commons has a variety of licencing that may still require citation.



How to Tell if Students are Plagiarizing?

  • If the student's language is just a little too sophisticated, pick out a phrase and put it in a search engine to see if you get any hits. It's best to put the phrase inside quotation marks.  Also search within Google Scholar.

  • Use TurnitIn.

  • Ask students to submit their work electronically. Check to see if they have used "web formatting" or their work is in tables, or if there are hyperlinks.

  • The Platiarism Checker: http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker/  - copy and paste phrases into this search engine. It will suggest sites from where work may have been copied. A similar tool is offered at http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/ .

  • For documents between 20 and 100,000 words or web pages less than 888 words, try http://www.doccop.com. Note that you much register and accept their terms.
  • Paper Rater offers a grammar and spelling checker that will also let you know if it feels there's a chance that you have plagiarized from another source.



Web Resources for Citation and Plagiarism


Evaluate web sources with Credible Sources Count! - http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/webevaluation/
Search the web better with - Searching With Success! - http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/websearching/
Learn the research process with Research it Right! - http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/research/


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