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Faculty Information at Spokane Falls Community College: Preventing Plagiarism

Faculty Guide to Preventing Plagiarism


Faculty Guide to Preventing Plagiarism

What every college instructor should do to prevent plagiarism

Activities that teach students about plagiarism  

Detecting Plagiarism

Why students plagiarize

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There seem to be a few simple reasons for plagiarism.


Students are in a hurry and are trying to shortcut the research process.  This leads to copying or adapting their own old papers or those of others


Students have no idea that cutting and pasting hunks of material from various online sources is plagiarism. 


Students sometimes fail to read more that a general overviews of the topic online and don’t realize that their own thoughts and reactions to controversial ideas or application of  theories they learned in class to outside readings is what you are looking for.   


  What every college instructor should do to prevent plagiarism:


inform every student of the definition of plagiarism and the punishments prescribed in the student conduct code and your syllabus.

remember it is your duty to take action against suspected plagiarism or other misconduct by students. Washington state law addresses academic dishonesty. WAC 132C-120-071 Academic dishonesty

consider requiring students have copies available of one page of all articles, web sites and the title pages of books used in research.

consider assigning unique topics for papers or projects every quarter. This requires more creativity but it defeats the utility passing materials between students.

counsel international students that – regardless of the customs and practices in their own country – the college will strictly hold them to the American standard that plagiarism is forbidden.



Activities that teach students about plagiarism  

 Consider using the plagiarism tutorial and quiz as part of your discussion on plagiarism

 Plagiarims Tutorial

Plagiarism Activities  


Outcome: Student can define and recognize plagiarism and are aware of the consequences


Ask students to Google plagiarism and evaluate web sites for relevant academic information 


Students can define plagiarism


Students  consult the student code of conduct and explain the consequences of plagiarizing at SFCC. -See Academic Dishonesty.



                   Plagiarism Tutorial: "You Quote it, You Note It!"   Quiz available


                         Schedule a workshop on proper citation formatting & plagiarism with one of the librarians.


  Read: Guertin, Laura A. First Monday: Peer Reviewed Journal on the Internet. "Using Virtual Lectures to  Educate Students About Plagiarism"



Student plagiarism exercises



Indiana School of Education


Indiana University School of Education Exercises.  Most detailed. 


OWL Plagiarism Safe Practices Exercises



Detecting plagiarism


Google an unusual or suspect phrase.  Be sure and use quotation marks.


You might also want to do a search of in Proquest, JSTOR, Ebsco eBooks or other library databases in the document text search box.


The librarians can help you do a text search Be sure to use quotes for the phrase. 



More information on strategies for prevention and detection


More prevention and Detection strategies in detail.



Strategies for detection and prevention







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