- What you should do to avoid plagiarism
- But I won't get caught!
- R U a dupe?
- The slippery slope with symbolic signs
- Cases of plagiarism and their consequences
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- View video case 1 (one minute)
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- View video case 3 (one minute)
- Watch 2 examples that demonstrate sneaky plagiarism with multiple sources and how to fix them.
- Answer one practice question at a time with immediate feedback.
- Reflect on what you've learned.
- Try practice test: 10 questions (difficulty level similar to Certification Tests)
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- How a Certification Test works and using hints
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To help you pass a Certification Test
- How Certification Tests work: short video shows how to answer questions and use test hints
- Decision table: summarizes how to determine the kind of plagiarism
- Decision support: step-by-step guide for classifying plagiarism and non-plagiarism
- Hints: classification rules for how to recognize plagiarism
- What mistakes I am making on the test? describes more subtle and well-disguised plagiarism
- Patterns of plagiarism: examples demonstrate 15 types of plagiarism and 3 types of non-plagiarism (similar to questions on Certification Tests)
- Document used in the demonstration videos with color coding of elements: word-for-word quotations, paraphrasing, citation elements, and parts of references
- Document used in the demonstration videos with no color coding: PDF illustrates proper citations for direct quotes and paraphrasing, and references in APA Style (American Psychological Association)--no color coding.
- Document used in the demonstration videos which is largely plagiarized: with no acknowledgement of sources--no citations, no quotations, no references.
- Frequently asked questions: and their answers
- Simple diagram: how to avoid plagiarism
These are links to external websites
- YouTube Video (18 min.): Anthony Pym from Australia provides additional examples and tips for how to pass one of the difficult Certification Tests. Professor Pym refers to inverted commas, which are the same as quotation marks to which we refer in our tutorials. The examples he provides were drawn from our legacy tutorial (2002-2014).
- Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., Bizup, J., & FitzGerald, W. T. (2016). The craft of research (4th. Ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
- Online Writing Lab: Purdue University (OWL)
- Plagiarism.org: understanding plagiarism, citing sources, ...
- Plagiarism Quiz: a short concept lesson to help you quickly learn the basics ...
- Writing Tutorial Services: tutoring and writing guides at Indiana University Bloomington
- APA Style: American Psychological Association
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- Improvements: to the instruction and Certification Tests, 2002-present