Plagiarism may not be a crime, but it destroys careers as if it was a crime.

Brief Overview

Professors, presidential candidates, famous journalist have all lost their jobs and/or bids for elections due to plagerizing other peoples works.

Plagiarism has been an issue for a long time, but with the access that the Internet has provided, it is becoming an epidemic. It is easy for any student to copy information from a website and paste it into his or her paper. It is also easy for a teacher to copy a few lines from your paper into a search engine, such as Google, to catch you plagiarizing. Software companies have created software to detect plagiarism. They literally have databases that hold billions of copies of webpages along with their owners names and dates they were created to compare other peoples writings to.

It is easy to forget where you found information you plan on including in a paper, especially when you work on it throughout a span of days or weeks. Taking good notes is key to avoiding accidentially plagiarizing.

Useful Links:

Plagiarism - PowerPoint: A short presentation on what it is and its affects. Summarizing, paraphrasing, & quoting: Quick references
Citing Sources MLA Style:
Citation Maker: Here is a great tool for interactively citing your book, online database, WWW, and lots of other types of sources!
Citing electronic sources: How to cite electronic sources using the MLA Style.
Citing those sources: An interactive tutorial that explains copyright, fair use, public domain, and answers other copyright questions. It is fun and easy to understand!
Citing Sources - Plagiarism Info: A quick review of plagiarism.
Citing Sources MLA Style: Examples and instructions on how to cite books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, magazine articles, newspapers, essays, poems, short stories, online sources, and web sites MLA Style by the University of Minnesota.
Graphic Organizer: Venn diagram, story maps, persuasion map, goal-reasons web, time line, and lots of charts.
Copyright Basics: A PowerPoint presentation on copyright basics.
Information Literacy: Online resources for librarians and teachers focusing on information literacy and research skills. Includes the Big6, evaluating information, evaluating websites, and lesson plans for learning and teaching with the Internet.