How to Avoid Plagiarism
Resources for Instructors & Students
Fall Flex 2009

 Background and Definitions

The Best Strategy: Teaching How to Avoid Plagiarism
From the Council of Writing Program Administrators:

Ohlone College Board Policies – Chapter 7, Student Services
Section Definitions of Academic Dishonesty
B. Plagiarism
At Ohlone, plagiarism is the act of representing the work of another as one's own (without giving appropriate credit) regardless of how that work was obtained and submitting it to fulfill academic requirements. Plagiarism at Ohlone includes but is not limited to:
1. The act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of another's work, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as one's own work; and
2. Representing another's artistic/scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, or similar works as one's own.
Food for Thought
Hansen, Brian. "Combating Plagiarism." CQ Researcher 13.32 (2003): 773-796. CQ Researcher.
Web. 26 Aug. 2009. 
Thorough and interesting background article. Great pro/con debate on the use of plagiarism “detection” software. Good springboard for discussion.
CQ Researcher is accessible through the Ohlone College Library Website
Resources for Students:
Research Process
SIRS KnowledgeSource:

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) from Purdue University:

Research & Documentation Online from Diana Hacker
Another good guide to finding and documenting sources across the disciplines.

Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota
A nice tool that helps students with time management and organization.

Source citation is best taught within the context of avoiding plagiarism. Use this 10-minute interactive tutorial on How to Avoid Plagiarism to introduce and foster awareness among students:

Provide non-threatening opportunities to learn the anatomy of a citation and practice building citations, such as:

Quick & Dirty “How to Cite” Reference Resources

**Please note we are up-dating the MLA pages to reflect the new 7th ed.

Free Citation Maker Sites
Excellent aides; encourage students to use them! It will help increase awareness of the elements of a proper citation. But warn them to check the citations generated against the appropriate manual of style.

On the Newark Campus, encourage students to seek assistance with writing papers at the Tutoring Center in NC-2306.  Limited drop-in tutoring with English instructors is available:

On the Fremont Campus, encourage students to seek assistance with writing papers at the English Learning Center, located on the second floor of Hyman Hall.

Encourage students to consult a librarian on either the Fremont or Newark Campus for research assistance including proper source citation!

Resources for Instructors:
Arrange Library Instruction Sessions for Your Classes:
Fremont Campus: Contact Linda Dickerman at 659-6167 or
Newark Campus: Contact Barbara Duggal at 742-3127 or

Direct Students to High Quality Academic Sources:

Plagiarism Detection Resource for Ohlone College
Learn to use Safe Assign, accessible through WebCT. For individual assistance, contact Barbara Duggal, Lesley Buehler or Quan Nguyen or: