As many unfortunate journalists have learned, taking someone else's ideas and passing them off as your own is never a good idea. It's called plagiarism—and it's a big deal. Thankfully, a handout helps writers learn how to avoid plagiarizing in their own writing, and the advice goes beyond simply using direct quotes. It includes questions to consider, ways to tell if plagiarism has occurred, and basic information on how to cite sources used in a paper.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Make a poster to display in the classroom or a short reference sheet to paste in a notebook with tips for how to avoid plagiarism
  • Practice reading a short article and writing a response to the article that contains proper citations
  • Compare UNC's Honor System (referenced in the resource) to your own institution's Honor System
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes students know the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing

  • Provides a list of actionable steps for learners to follow
  • Includes hyperlinks to specific citation styles

  • Focuses on UNC's approach to plagiarism, giving the resource less of a global appeal
Common Core