Tips for deterring plagiarism
from the original Coleg Gwent 'Detecting and Detering Plagiarism' PowerPoint presentation

Just saying ‘don’t’ isn’t enough ...
  • Discuss plagiarism with students
  • Demonstrate the poor quality of some plagiarised texts
  • Teach general study skills – time management, good writing practice, referencing and citation practices.

Design questions and their wording to:

  • avoid general questions as this increases the likelihood that relevant materials will be available on the web or to purchase
  • avoid 'show you know' types of question (eg: what were the causes?) as this can invite students to copy from texts
  • include something specific in the assignment: specific to the student eg: a personal experience; specific to the moment eg: a recent news item. (University of Leeds, 2006)
Assessment considerations:
  • Change assignment/essay topics
  • Vary assessment methods
  • Secure submission and return of assignment
  • Be clear as many students genuinely are confused about the boundary between collaboration and collusion.
Remember ... prevention is better than cure
  • Correct use of quotation and paraphrase, citation and bibliography need to be explained, practised, discussed and demanded
  • … and repeated, reinforced and role modelled (Robert College, 2006)
  • Remind students of the disciplinary procedure
  • Where possible make systematic but random checks.
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