- Include a statement on your policies towards plagiarism in your syllabus.
- Show your students some websites offering free papers, letting them know what you know.
- Assign one of the plagiarism tutorials in the box to the right
Learn your students' writing style. Have them write an in-class essay to get a sample of the tone of their writing.
Spend time with your students discussing direct quotes and paraphrasing. Allow them to practice.
Become familiar with the sources available in your content area.
Design your assignments to avoid plagiarism:
- Assign several smaller papers rather than one large one.
- Explain the purpose of the assignment.
- Reduce the students' choices to one or two topics.
- Avoid assigning broad topics.
- Assign current topics.
- Vary your assignments from one semester to the next.
Make your students' research a process:
the traditional research steps. Have the students hand in a working
bibliography, an outline, a draft and then a final paper.
- Require personal reflection as part of the assignment.
- Require an annotated bibliography.
- Have students hand in copies of the sources they cite.
- Have your students write an in-class essay on their research experience after they hand in the paper.
Schedule library research time for the class.
Give your students enough time to do an adequate job.