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Preventing Plagiarism Integration Kit


The syllabus for your class has an academic misconduct statement that references UWS 14.03-14.04, but your students might not fully understand what that means and how it applies to them. Incorporating a lesson about plagiarism and its various forms, like unintentional plagiarism and self-plagiarism, will help set up your students for success.

In this lesson, your students will examine real examples of plagiarism and its consequences to better understand what constitutes plagiarism, even when it is done unintentionally. This will help you lead a discussion about plagiarism and the University's academic misconduct policies.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Students will summarize the university's standards for academic integrity.

A librarian can come to your class to run this lesson for you, or a librarian can customize a lesson for your class based around your unit of study or assignment requirements. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.

If you prefer to cover this information literacy topic on your own, you will find all the plans and materials you need below.

Class Materials

This lesson has students work in pairs or small groups to read and discuss a specific example of plagiarism, followed by a whole class discussion about the different examples the breakout groups reviewed. It is expected to take about 20-30 minutes of class time, depending on the extent of the discussion and the number passages used. It could be adapted for asynchronous online classes using a discussion board.


There is a short multiple-choice quiz about plagiarism to go along with this lesson. Please email if you would like to add it to your Canvas course.

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Information Literacy Integrations Survey