The site emphasizes acceptable and unacceptable paraphrases. It
offers advice on how to use the world wide web. It discusses
potential pitfalls in quoting and highlights the difference between
facts, which usually fall into the category of common knowledge,
versus interpretations, which always must be cited.
The site describes a tutorial program that allows to students to
avoid plagiarism, decide whether they are using it, and practice
rewriting. It describes a screening program to help academics and
people in the legal profession to detect plagiarism. It also
describes a screening program that helps detect inadvertent uses of
This site discusses those sites on the web that sell papers. It
then offers suggestions for recognizing their use and dealing with
them, from taking students to one of the sites to look at their weak
papers to requiring students on the day they turn in their papers to
describe the process they went through and what they learned when
they wrote their papers.
The site recommends studying the varieties of students'
motivation to plagiarize and educating oneself about how many
types of plagiarism there are. Make sure that students
themselves know what it is. Most of the site is devoted to
teaching and assignment strategies that minimize plagiarism, to
clues for detecting it, and to the sources students use.
The site stresses plagiarism prevention through detection
devices by Turnitin and iThenticate technologies and resources.
It has sections on how plagiarism is used today, statistics on
its prevalence, and how it can be controlled in education and
The site first discusses several contradictions inherent in
standards for academic writing, such as research vs. originality
and mimicking vs. using your own voice. It marks out a
continuum from accidental to deliberate plagiarism and gives
tips on how to be safe when researching, paraphrasing and
summarizing, and quoting both directly and indirectly. It
explains how to determine whether something is common knowledge
that does not have to be cited and offers a short plagiarism