Here are some collected resources for citing sources and preventing plagiarism. Sometimes I think plagiarism happens because students just have so much work and are exhausted and lack time and it is just easy to not cite the source or worse. You definitely do not want to overload yourself with work as then you are taking shortcuts and getting less out of classes as you are not investing the correct amount of time in them. However, some people work well under pressure or are in a situation where they want to push them themselves. It just depends, but I do not find being overworked fun and it could cause you to take shortcuts and or stay up all night which is not very healthy. There are more innocent instances of plagiarism where a source is cited incorrectly, maybe with a wrong page number or the quotation marks are missing, but I think most of the time it is because people are overwhelmed. The consequences for plagiarism are steep, and it is better to just fail or barely fail an assignment than suffer the consequences of plagiarism. These sites will help you review your papers or writing assignments.
Resources for preventing plagiarism:
- TurnItIn-Plagiarism Prevention Tool – http://turnitin.com/static/index.html
- Paper Rater – paperrater.com, currently a free tool that reviews your paper for grammar and plagiarism
- http://www.grammarly.com/ – saw as an ad on stylewizard.com with editing this post, site looks good and should help with plagiarism and grammar issues
- International Journal for Educational Integrity – cannot find site – free online publication that discusses academic dishonesty
- Radio program discussion on plagiarism – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5205929&ft=1&f=5 “Cut and Paste Plagiarism” Talk of the Nation February 14, 2006
- 10 minute tutorial on plagiarism from Acadia University’s Vaughan Memorial Library http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/
- University of Maine at Farmington http://plagiarism.umf.maine.edu
- Plagiarism San Jose State University – should still have a flash tutorial
- Plagiarism & Academic Integrity at Rutgers University http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/douglass/sal/plagiarism/intro.html – as of writing this in November 2012 it has an interactive movie-like slideshow
- the sites plagiarism.com and plagiarism.org also have good information, but you will probably use Paper Rater and TurnItIn the most
Resources for Citing Sources:
- RapidCite (rapidcite.com) – looks like they cancelled this site or sold it as it is just a bunch of ads right now
- GoBiblio (gobiblio.com) – one of the ads from RapidCite and it looks pretty good
- EasyBib (easybib.com)
- http://www.earlham.edu/~libr/content/resources/writing/annotations.html – This is good for assistance in writing annotations, which I think is something librarians use to classify books. Nevertheless, it is always good to read about how to cite things, and maybe you do need to write an annotated bibliography.
- StyleWizard (stylewizard.com) I used this site a lot when I was a full time student and noticed that part of it was under construction for several months. I really wanted to use the site for APA and MLA citations and it was unavailable because they were making updates. As of writing this in November 2012 the updates are completed, which is great. It is good to know of other websites as I was lost when it was down and not sure what else I could have used. I ended up not using websites and it took longer flipping through pages of at least two books (book on how to cite the source and the book you were citing) to figure out how to properly cite things. With the website it is just fun to plug in the information too.
- openoffice.org – This is free and some people criticize it, but nevertheless it is a good deal. Whereas Microsoft has Word, Open Office has Writer, and Excel they call Calc, and PowerPoint, Impress, and Access is Base. Some people have said you lose rights to anything you write on Open Office, but that does not make much sense as there are intellectual property rights. However, it probably is possible. I am not sure. A paid product probably offers more extras and a higher quality and you could probably do more with it. However, if you are just writing a paper for school Open Office is just fine.
- ultimatestealdeal.com – This site offered Microsoft Office 2007 for $60 to students and maybe professors. You needed a .edu email and you were able to use the disc on up to three computers, so you were able to give it to a friend. I cannot find the site now, but did find some information on it when I Googled ‘ultimate steal deal.’