After researching a wide variety of on-line resources that other universities make available to their respective student and faculty bodies, I have compiled some of the better resources for the VCU academic community. These links provide general advice and strategies. None of the specific policies and procedures that are mentioned on these sites pertain to VCU. For information on the policies and procedures for plagiarism at VCU please refer to the VCU Honor System in the Resource Guide. Most of these links provide the following general information on plagiarism:
- What is plagiarism?
- How can we recognize or detect plagiarism
- How can we avoid plagiarism
- Examples of proper and improper citations
Most of the following links provide faculty with information and resources that help them to reduce the structural conduciveness behind plagiarism (i.e. how to create assignments that do not lend themselves to cheating, how to help students learn how to site sources properly, etc.). In addition to these preventative strategies, many of these links also offer detection strategies.
- Carnegie Mellon University
- University of Maryland University College
- University of Melbourne
- University of Northern Colorado
- VirtualSalt: Anti-Plagiarism Strategies
- 4 Reasons to be Happy About Internet Plagiarism
- Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices (in pdf)
- Actions Do Speak Louder than Words: Deterring Plagiarism with the Use of
Most of the links below provide students with information and resources that will help them to avoid accidental plagiarism. Some of the more typical issues addressed here are: what is plagiarism; how to cite sources properly (including internet or electronic sources); and when to use quotes, paraphrasing, and "common knowledge".