This page is split into two sections. One section includes some case studies so that you can practice recognizing plagiarism. The other section provides some concrete advice on how to detect issues of academic integrity.
Dealing with any complex issue can be facilitated through the careful consideration of case studies. The following resources provide case studies on ethical issues in higher education. These could be used directly with students, but may be more appropriate for discussion by faculty or faculty-GSI teaching teams. They are also ideal supplements to any GSI (TA) training program.
- The Psychology Paper: Case study from CRLT at the University of Michigan
- Group Homework: Case study from CRLT at the University of Michigan
- Discussing Academic Ethics: Case study from CRLT at the University of Michigan
- Suspicious Signs Exercise: Example paper for practice
- On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research: A 2009 ebook containing case studies from various academic organizations
Advice: Detecting Issues With Academic Integrity
Despite preventative steps that you have followed, you may well have to deal with student violations of academic integrity. The resources below provide guidance on how to detect problems with student work and how to locate original sources that may be inappropriately used in student work.
- Signals of Plagiarism: A list of traits, signs and signals in student work that often indicate plagiarism from UC Berkeley. Also includes helpful advice for discussing plagiarism with students who might be plagiarizing.
- Detecting Plagiarism: Use these electronic search strategies to locate original works from which students may have plagiarized.