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Plan 8 – Training and informing students

Published on 03/05/2007

 

Communication is key. It must be done in the way young people communicate and combine a seductive message with clear instructions.

One of the most effective methods is to get students to take on their responsibility is to ask them to verify the authenticity of their writings themselves.

When they run something they’ve written through a plagiarism detection program, the surprises can be great: self-citing, forgotten documents plagiarized by others and put on the Internet, etc.

While some of them might be tempted to paraphrase the passages found to be questionable by the software in order to conceal them, they will soon find that that is more tedious than being original, and also less fulfilling.

Suggestions

• Carry out annual communication campaigns geared at young people.

• Create a separate web site as a reminder of the rules and values of the institution (respect, fairness, etc.) and of why plagiarism is taken seriously.

• Ask all students to run their research theses and dissertations through a plagiarism detector before handing them in to their professors.

• Thereafter only undertake random, unsystematic checks.