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Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial

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Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work as your own. It can include copying and pasting text from a website into a project that you're working on, or taking an idea from a book without including a citation to give credit to the book's author. Plagiarism is very common, and the internet has made it even more common. However, if you are careful to cite your sources, it's not too hard to avoid plagiarism.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive

Mapping Your Research Ideas

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This quick, interactive tutorial will help students develop a general topic or idea into a set of exploratory research questions, as well as giving them some next steps in the process of developing a research question. Make sure there is a blank sheet of paper and a pen or pencil handy, and let's get started!

Material Type: Interactive, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: UCLA Library

Rio Salado Student Success Seminar

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In this course, you will explore five areas that will prepare you for achieving success as you pursue your goal of continuing your education. Modules include: Strategies for Staying on Course, Study Habits and Skills, Effective Communication, Initiative and Motivation, and Career Exploration

Material Type: Full Course, Lecture, Reading

Plagiarism - avoid it at all costs!

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The audio narrated and interactive tutorial introduces what the concept of plagiarism is. It explains how plagiarism can be recognised and includes real-life examples of the impact of plagiarism inside and outside of academia. Strategies on how and why plagiarism is avoided are covered. The tutorial includes a number of self assessment interspersed throughout. This tutorial was adapted from the "Avoid Plagiarism" tutorial developed by IT Tallaght Library, Dublin, Ireland. This resource was created using Articulate Storyline. The resource contains the source file for the online resource found at:

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Jenny Collery

Dealing with Plagiarism: A Guide for Teaching Assistants

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This interactive presentation helps teaching assistants understand what plagiarism is; why it occurs; and offers advice on how to detect, investigate, and report it when it does. Additional topics include special circumstances, plagiarism prevention, and legal information regarding plagiarism and plagiarists. The unit closes by sharing information about the weaknesses of current plagiarism technology and how one can use it more effectively.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Authors: Cem Kaner, Rebecca Fiedler

Human Cloning: Is it biological plagiarism?

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This lesson guides students to learn the science behind cloning, explore the benefits and consequences of human cloning, and communicate their knowledge and points of view. Students begin by reading an article titled Primer on Ethics and Cloning by Dr. Glenn McGee, available for free on the AIBS's website. The lesson provides questions for the instructor to guide a class discussion about the article. Instructors can then choose from different activities to engage students further in this issue. One activity has students role play advisory teams providing information to a committee on the ethical issues of human cloning. The teams conduct research online, keep a journal recording their research paths, and answer questions in presentation format. Another activity has students researching and presenting information on human cloning. Through their research students can learn about cloning technology and related laws, as well as the perspectives of groups or individual scientist's viewpoints. Included are web site evaluation worksheets that are useful for student internet searches on any topic.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Susan Musante

Use Information Correctly Tutorial

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Plagiarism and copyright abuse have increased greatly as more and more people are producing content online. Learn how to use information correctly to create quality content while protecting the intellectual property of others.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Reading

Engineering Communication

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In this course, the student will learn several aspects of effective technical communication that will lay a foundation for successful work on an engineering team. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Define the purpose of effective technical communication; List attributes of effective technical communication; Assess audience and context, as well as identify appropriate genres for technical communication; Choose appropriate grammar, style, and organization for documents; Define and avoid plagiarism and implement appropriate citations; Brainstorm and prepare and revise documents independently and collaboratively; Organize and present information in written, visual, and oral modes in compliance with standard formats. (Mechanical Engineering 304)

Material Type: Full Course

Get the Word Out at McDonalds!

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Students take part in a hypothetical scenario that challenges them to inform customers at a local restaurant of how their use and disposal of plastics relates/contributes to the Great Pacific garbage patch (GPGP). What students ultimately do is research information on the plastics pollution in the oceans and present that information as a short, eye-catching newsletter suitable to hand out to restaurant customers. This activity focuses on teaching students to conduct their own research on a science-technology related topic and present it in a compelling manner that includes citing source information without plagiarism. By doing this, students gain experience and skills with general online searching as well as word processing and written and visual communication.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Andrey Koptelov, Nathan Howell

Faculty of Humanities: Handbook on Citation and Related Matters

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Students are often unsure of exactly what plagiarism is and how it affects them. Especially these days with the ease of cutting and pasting from the Internet, student plagiarism has become an issue of great concern in academic institutions and it is very important to realize that any accusation of plagiarism will be serious and could be dealt with very severely.This handbook has been designed to help you understand and appreciate the need for proper referencing, evaluate different resources, and properly cite varying resources according to internationally approved citation styles.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Karin de Jager

Instructional Design for Educators

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This course outline examines topics of importance to educators participating in instructional design projects. Topics include needs assessment, adult learning principles, learning objectives, instructional strategies, assessment, implementation and evaluation. Learners will develop a course using media and open educational resources while observing copyright and plagiarism guidelines.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Lana Penny

English Language Arts, Grade 11, Can Cheaters Be Winners?

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In this 5-day unit, students will explore the topic of cheating. Cheating seems to be ever-present in today’s society. Whether we are talking about athletes being busted for using steroids or students “sharing” answers and plagiarizing on final exams, one thing is clear—there’s a whole lot of cheating going on. In this unit, students will take a look at some contemporary instances of cheating and argue whether under certain situations cheating is not only excusable, but also justifiable.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Copyright and Fair Use Tutorial

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In our Avoiding Plagiarism module, we gave you tips for citing, quoting, and incorporating various sources into your writing projects. However, depending on what types of sources you use, you may also have to consider copyright and fair use laws. For example, if you want to use someone else's photo or song in one of your own projects, you'll need to make sure you have the legal right to do so. In this tutorial, you'll learn about the copyright protections that apply to work posted online, including images, text, videos, and more. You'll also learn about the rules that determine which of these resources you can use, and how you can use them.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading