When you’re unsure about what something is, looking at examples is a good way to dispel any confusion. Examples are so successful at making complex things clear that it is now standard to see examples in instruction manuals detailing exactly how to complete each step of whatever process is being explained. Why should learning about plagiarism be any different?
The internet is teeming with examples of a great many things (e.g., how to eat a lobster, how to draw manga/anime, how to write and speak Klingon) and plagiarism is no exception. The following links are to videos and documents online that define plagiarism, why it should be avoided, and how to avoid it.
|Avoiding Plagiarism in Paraphrasing||This video shows you step by step how to paraphrase the correct way. Remember, paraphrasing too closely to the original source still counts as plagiarism.|
|Information Literacy: Plagiarism and Citation Styles||Dr. Baker lectures on what exactly plagiarism is and how best to avoid it. The video ends with a brief overview of citation styles.|
|A Quick Guide to Plagiarism||SEA DEVIL TV gives students a quick run-down of the various types of plagiarism. Even if you're well versed in the ins and outs of plagiarism, watch this video just for its entertainment factor.|
|Plagiarism: Pernicious Plague or Preventable Pest?||This video lets you in on why instructors do what they do (hint: it prevents plagiarism!)|
|A Student's Guide to Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism||An informative guide (complete with examples) about each type of plagiarism. Work your way through each type and make sure you understand how and why each example constitutes plagiarism.|
These links are by no means the only resources online about plagiarism. These are just the examples that I’ve found (through trial-and-error) work best for illustrating the topic in detail without putting everyone to sleep.
Until I get around to writing the most comprehensive, captivating guide on plagiarism, use my list of links as a starting point for your own online research about plagiarism.
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