Resources for Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism

Recognizing and Preventing the Problem

Many faculty and librarians have contributed advice. Here are some of the most useful resources:

Cvetkovic, Vibiana Bowman, and Katie Elson Anderson. Stop Plagiarism: A Guide to Understanding and Prevention. New York: Neal Schuman Publishers, 2010.

Journal Articles

Howard, Rebecca Moore, and Laura J. Davies. "Plagiarism in the Internet Age." Educational Leadership 66.6 (2009): 64-67. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web.

Power, Lori R. "University Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism." The Journal of Higher Education 80.6 (2009): 643-662. Project MUSE. Web.

Full-text Databases

Many databases allow you to search the articles' text for a string of words enclosed in quotation marks. A complete list of databases with their descriptions are available on our Research Databases page

Term Papers on the Internet

There are many sites where students can buy papers or even download them free of charge. Some of them are:

Detection Software

  • Plagiarism.com Software screening program that creates a test of familiarity for a student to complete. The company says that no student has been falsely accused. CD ROM program.
  • Plagiarism.org Online service that checks submitted student papers against a large database and provides reports of results.
  • Wordcheck Keyword matching software. Requires local database of papers or texts to match.
  • Eve Inexpensive software agent that searches the Web to compare a suspect paper with Internet content. Shows site and degree of match. 

Local Resources

UR Liaison Librarians
The liaison librarian who works with your department can help your students find appropriate resources and citation formats, or can help faculty who are trying to track misappropriated material.

UR Writing Center
The Writer's Web has a section on using sources effectively that gives examples of proper quotation and paraphrasing of sources.

Citing Sources
One of the Library reference guides, this page has sample citations for MLA, Turabian, APA, and subject specific documentation styles.

Academic Skills Center
You can refer students to the ASC for help with time management, note-taking, or specific subject matter.

University of Richmond Honor Councils