Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thoughts on Plagiarism

As we head in to a new school year, it is worth discussing one of the most important skills a student can be taught: using and citing resources correctly. My husband is a seminary professor who also works with undergrads and knows first hand that plagiarism is rampant–even among students in Christian and faith-based schools. Students who have not been taught proper citation are at risk of unwittingly breaking school honor codes and others who are have a misconstrued notion of scholarship believe that citing sources will do their papers harm. In honor of the fact that we're back in school and some of you may be sending scholars off to college for the first time, I highly recommend the following article by Karen Swallow Prior, professor of English at Liberty University, "Plagiarism and Scholarship: A Lesson from the Bee". It's definitely worth the read.

If you need help on how to correctly cite sources Duke University provides an excellent handbook for the top five styles of citation including Chicago, MLA, Turabian, and APA!

This website also provides guidance for teaching students how to choose reliable sources and cite them.

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