Borrowing ideas or exact language without citing the source has been a problem for students and teachers since the first writing assignment.  Because the Internet has many sites that offer to sell or give away papers on almost any topic, some students are tempted to go the lazy route for their homework, and many teachers are frustrated by their students’ unethical use of technology rather than working to upgrade their writing skills.  The following websites are helpful for students and for teachers.


Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services Explains what plagiarism is, how to recognize it, and how to avoid it.

Plagiarism Tells what it is and how to recognize and avoid it The information on this site is available in printable handouts.

Purdue OWL Tells how to avoid plagiarism.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center In its section "Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources," examples are given of successful and unsuccessful paraphrases.



Anti-Plagiarism Strategies Among the information presented is why students cheat and what teachers can do to prevent plagiarism. The author of this site is Robert Harris, author of the book The Plagiarism Handbook published by Pyrczak Publishing.

Cut-and-Paste Plagiarism Tells how to prevent, detect, and track online plagiarism.

Plagiarism and the Web (Bruce Leland) Discusses the temptation of the Internet for students and offers help for teachers in preventing the "borrowing" of papers.