Your Students are 13 Minutes Away From Avoiding Plagiarism

By Chrissine Rios, MA, Kaplan University Writing Center

Avoiding plagiarism begins with knowing how to quote, paraphrase, summarize, and cite sources. Knowing the university plagiarism policy can help too, for it will typically clarify the stickier matters of unintentional plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Faculty and students should re-visit the school policy from time to time, in fact. The definition of plagiarism is not universal. It can also change. In 2014, Kaplan University changed its Plagiarism Policy to the Academic Integrity Policy. As a result, the KU Writing Center has been updating the plagiarism and citation resources with the new wording to ensure faculty and students have the most current and reliable information.

One resource was especially important to update: “Avoiding Plagiarism: An Interactive Self-Assessment.” This one video tutorial had nearly 6000 hits last year. At just over 13 minutes long, the tutorial features nine college writing situations where plagiarism may be occurring. Each scenario is followed by a quiz to help students determine their current understanding of plagiarism and learn why, when, and how to cite sources, even in PowerPoint presentations and rough drafts. The tutorial also highlights key excerpts of the Academic Integrity Policy, links to the newly updated Basic Citation Guidelines resource, and ends with a hotspot that opens the Writing Center homepage, so it provides quality instruction, key information, and access to immediate and additional support in one short video.

Share it with your students today! Click here: http://www.screencast.com/t/s8DtPUni

(c) Kaplan University Writing Center

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