Video title: Plagiarism: How to avoid it
Topic(s): Cheating, plagiarism
Search terms: video plagiarism how to avoid
Time (of video): 2:51
Posted by: Bainbridge State College
Date posted: January 5, 2010
Video description: Definitions and tips on how to avoid plagiarism.
Question/writing prompt: What is the only time when you do not need to cite your sources?
1. Serious Overview Objective: Students begin to get an accurate sense of plagiarism.
Show the video, and stress the importance of the topic at hand.
- Spend time going over the video and ask students to comment on it.
- Refer to the textbook's coverage of plagiarism and academic honesty. Select a student volunteer to read the content out loud. Ask students to react to what they hear.
- Students often assume that they understand plagiarism when they do not have a complete grasp on it. Ask students if this describes them—that they thought they understood plagiarism but had not.
2. Scenarios Objective: Students learn to recognize plagiarism.
Present different scenarios pulled from your or colleagues’ teaching experiences. Ask students to decide whether plagiarism is involved.
3. How to Cite Sources Objective: Students explore resources for citing sources.
Review how to cite sources.
- Consider bringing in a staff member from the campus writing center.
- Direct students to online resources like Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/584/02.
- Pass around English handbooks or style guides (APA, MLA, CMS) so that students become familiar with and less intimidated by these resources.
4. Q&A Objective: Students learn to ask for help to avoid plagiarism.
Allow students time to ask questions. As this can be a sensitive subject, ask them to write questions anonymously on cards that you can answer in class.