Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism

"Academic Dishonesty," Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Catalog and Student Handbook:

Definition. Plagiarism is the inclusion of someone else's words, ideas, or data as one's own. When a student submits work for credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific citations, as well as quotation marks if verbatim statements are included. By placing their name on work submitted for credit, students certify the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgements.

Consequences. All members of the Saint Mary's University community are responsible for upholding the academic integrity of the institution. Suspicion of academic dishonesty must be reported to the program director. The program director initiates and documents an investigation in conjunction with a dean. The program director will meet with the individual to provide a fair opportunity for response to the allegation. If the program director has reason to believe academic dishonesty has occurred, he/she recommends a sanction to the dean. The dean will render judgement or sanction by instituting the grievance procedure.

Online Resources

The following resources offer methods for deterring and detecting student plagiarism.

Plagiarism: Understanding and Addressing It

Colorado State University


Sharon Stoeger, MLS, MBA. Many resources related to plagiarism

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers

Robert Harris, author of The Plagiarism Handbook

Avoiding and Detecting Plagiarism

State University of New York, New Paltz, Sojourner Truth Library

Cyberplagiarism: Detection & Prevention

Penn State

Detecting Plagiarism

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ways to Deter Plagiarism

Iowa State University.  Provides a list of detection services

Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism 

University of Maryland University College

Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: WPS Statement on Best Practices

Council of Writing Program Administrators

Indiana University School of Education 

One of the most frequently cited on the Web.

Cut-and-Paste Plagiarism: Preventing, Detecting, and Tracking Online Plagiarism

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Univ. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Plagiarism in Colleges in USA 

Dr. Ronald B. Standler, attorney and consultant.  A comprehensive site that describes the issues, explains legal ramifications, and summarizes recent litigation.

Plagiarism and the Web 

Western Illinois University

Purdue University OWL

Plagiarism and the research paper. The nation's best known Online Writing Lab comments on the underlying causes of plagiarism and suggests how to avoid it.

Purdue University OWL

Printable handout.  Must be duplicated exactly as shown.

To Catch A Thief 

Christian Brothers University, California

Tools to Assist Detecting Plagiarism 

Center for Information & Computer Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway. Detection tools categorized by function, compared, and evaluated.