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Plagiarism Resources: For Faculty

UGA Resources

Academic Honesty at UGA  Policies and documents, and student and faculty resources related to academic honesty at the University of Georgia.

Academic Honesty Policy (A Culture of Honesty) The University of Georgia's Academic Honesty Policy, from the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.

Additional Resources

For further information on plagiarism on college campuses, we recommend the following:

Haviland, C. P., & Mullin, J. A. (Eds.).  (2009).  Who Owns This Text?  Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Cultures.  Logan, UT:  Utah State University Press.  Main Library:  PN167.W46 2009.  (196 pages).  The editors and authors address this topic from a teaching perspective.  They consider the ways in which intellectual property (IP) is defined by academics in different disciplines, and urge educators to impart that discipline-based understanding to their students.  Five chapters cover the areas of computer science, chemistry/biology, anthropology/sociology, art, and administration, framed by a substantial introduction and conclusion that present useful overviews of current thinking about plagiarism.  

Twomey, T., White, H., & Sagendorf, K. (Eds.)  (2009).  Pedagogy, Not Policing:  Positive Approaches to Academic Integrity at the University.  Syracuse, NY:  Graduate School Press, Syracuse University.  Main Library:  LB3609.P36 2009.  (160 pages). This book consists of a number of short essays on a range of topics related to academic integrity.  Section one considers academic integrity in practice from the viewpoint of both teachers and students; section two, the unique position of graduate students; section three, the perspectives of students, instructors, and administrators; and section four, useful strategies for TA's.  Especially recommended for graduate students.

Online Tutorials for Students: You Quote It, You Note It! (Acadia University)  Students choose an avatar and work through questions of how to quote and paraphrase correctly, as well as source citation and good research habits.

5 Things to Read

  1. Whitley, B. E., & Keith-Spiegel, P. (2002).  Academic dishonesty:  An educator's guide.  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum.  Main Library  LB3609.W45 2002.  (169 pages).  Also available as an electronic resource through NetLibrary.  A useful book that discusses the problem of academic dishonesty from a practical perspective. See especially Chapter 3, "Fostering Academic Integrity in the Classroom," which lays out many suggestions for college teachers seeking to foster a supportive classroom environment, and Chapter 4, "Preventing and Detecting Academic Dishonesty."
  2. Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers
    Robert Harris, author of The Plagiarism Handbook:  Strategies for Preventing, Detecting, and Dealing with Plagiarism (Los Angeles: Pyrczak, 2001), covers strategies of awareness, strategies of prevention, and strategies of detection in this plagiarism guide. Harris stresses the practical in his suggestions for classroom instruction, creation of assignments, and spotting plagiarized work.     
  3. Deterring Plagiarism: Some Strategies [University of Toronto]
    This web site offers a number of ways faculty can discourage plagiarism through their instruction and design of assignments.  It includes a "Summary of Resources," links to other sites that provide information for students, faculty, and TA's about definitions of plagiarism, university policies, and assignment design.    
  4. Lipson, C. (2008).  Doing honest work in college:  How to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success.  (Rev. and updated ed.).  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.  From the Chicago Guides to Academic Life series.  Main Library:  PN171.F56 L56 2008.  (258 pages).  Lipson (professor and director of undergraduate students in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Chicago), has written an invaluable guide for students that answers questions about citations, bibliographies, and larger issues of plagiarism and academic honesty.  In addition, he provides extensive coverage of citation styles in multiple disciplines, explaining how to cite many types of resources, from APA to CME to ACS.  Some professors report making this book required reading in their classes.   
  5. Blum, S. D. (2009). My word!  Plagiarism and college culture.  Ithaca:  Cornell University Press.  Main Library: PN167.B48 2009.  (229 pages).   Blum (Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame) approaches this topic with a careful consideration of the student's situation and viewpoint.  She utilizes student interviews to argue that a divide exists between academic assumptions about plagiarism and student attitudes towards sharing and succeeding, and that current strategies for deterring plagiarism are insufficient.