Brief Description of the Site:
In the age of "cut and paste" plagiarism has plagued many a publication. The tracking of plagiarism is becoming big business, but it is it is educators who have to communicate the importance of respecting the intellectual property rights of others. This site gives educators and students a tool for understanding why citations are so important by defining plagiarism in "What is Plagiarism?" "Types of Plagiarism" and "Plagiarism and the Internet" describe in plain language what constitutes a violation and how by attribution and acquiring permission to cite such accusations can be avoided. Students often don't realize that images or text used verbatim without citation is not permissible. The glossary of terms simply defines such words as Intellectual Property, Paraphrase, Public Domain, Quotation, Self-plagiarism, and Original, words worth acquiring in one's lexicon.
How to use the site:
This site's usefulness lies in the information it imparts. There's an interesting distinction made in two hyperlinks, one for educator plagiarism prevention, and another for student plagiarism prevention. The educator section examines the "why" behind it with a "keeping up with the Joneses" explanation. The student plagiarism prevention section offers suggestions on how to avoid the dreaded accusation by proper planning, meeting with teachers, and the need to evaluate and cite sources accurately. The material on this site might serve as a topic for discussion in class. Mention of web site design and the need to be mindful of plagiarism refers to a rubric for evaluating web sites adapted from one designed by Al Rogers for a Global SchoolNet Foundation and CyberFair Contest in 2000. (The adaptation was done by Clarence Bakken and Sara Armstrong in conjunction with Challenge 2000, CTAP Region IV Technology Leadership Academy and the Institute for Research on Learning, just so the citation here is correct! Taken from: http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cfmgb/web.htm) Buried within the "Student Plagiarism Prevention" link, under "writing your paper" is a short lesson on paraphrasing properly. It's easy to miss, unfortunately, but worthy of pursuit. While the subject matter may not be compelling reading, it is inextricably linked to the establishment of academic integrity and must therefore be understood by educators, students, and parents.