Preventing Plagiarism

Small changes to the learning environment have the potential to make a big impact. Revamping an entire course all at once can be a daunting task. A good place to start is to make bite size changes to a few assignments and other assessment opportunities.

Talk about plagiarism in class.

Give clear guidelines for format and style.

Acknowledge that the skills of integrating research and proper citation require practice.

Indicate clearly that all sources including lectures, presentations, and print (e.g., the textbook) and electronic texts must be cited.

Provide bibliography and citation resources.

Communicate your expectations about group work and collaboration clearly.

Design plagiarism-proof assignments.

Require the reading and signing of academic integrity acknowledgement contracts that are assignment-specific.


Bean, J. C. (2011). Engaging ideas: The professor’s guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom (2nd Editio). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass: A Wiley Imprint.

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