Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014
This is the introduction to a series of videos for graduate students on plagiarism and how to avoid it.
These are documents I hand out at the workshops I've given on plagiarism for the Graduate College. They relate to the presentation.
While the following videos (with sound) may be watched in any order, they are best seen in sequence, as the concepts explained in each build upon each other. Click on the "CC" button in each to see the closed captioned text.
- Plagiarism Defined
Runtime: 02:20 min
How does WMU define plagiarism and what are the consequences for engaging in it?
- Plagiarism: Why Does It Matter?
Runtime: 03:02 min
So why do we care about plagiarism? Is anyone really being harmed when we copy text (with or without attribution) from other writers?
- Graduate Students and Source Text Use
Runtime: 06:34 min
What does the literature tell us about graduate students and the issues they face writing theses and dissertations and working with sources?
- Non-native Speakers and Source Text Use
Runtime: 02:30 min
A number of published research studies in the fields of writing composition and second-language instruction that seem to indicate that non-native English speakers, that is students and researchers for whom English is a second language, may have more issues with plagiarism than native English speakers.
- Why Do Students Copy Sources?
Runtime: 02:24 min
So why do graduate students and other researchers copy source text?
- Patchwriting - Some Examples
Runtime: 02:27 min
In which we see how verbatim text from one scholarly article is copied repeatedly in other scholarly articles over several years.
- What Counts as Plagiarism?
Runtime: 03:46 min
This video addresses questions such as "How much do you need to change before it is not plagiarism?" and "How much material (or how many words) can I use without a citation?"
- Writing Well (and Avoiding Plagiarism)
After all this talk about types of plagiarism and why graduate students copy sources, let's discuss ways that you can write well and avoid plagiarizing your sources in the process. For a nice set of guidelines, see Miguel Roig's "Avoiding Plagiarism" document
on the web.
- When Is It OK to Copy?
Runtime: 02:51 min
Believe it or not, there are occasions when it is OK to copy short strings of text in academic writing.