Recognizing Plagiarism

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.

Case Studies

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.

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.

If You Find a Problem ...

At the University of Michigan, questions involving students and academic integrity are handled at the college level . Should you find a possible or probable violation of academic integrity, you will need to follow the procedures adopted by your school or college. See U-M Rules & Procedures for details.
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