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Ethical Use in the 21st Century

A curated set of resources on the ethical use of information appropriate for the middle grades learner

Purdue OWL: Avoiding Plagiarism

There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.

Citation Generator

In Chicago style, footnotes or endnotes are used to reference pieces of work in the text. To cite from a source a superscript number is placed after a quote or a paraphrase. Citation numbers should appear in sequential order. Each number then corresponds to a citation a footnote or to an endnote.

Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is not always a black and white issue. The boundary between plagiarism and research is often unclear. Learning to recognize the various forms of plagiarism, especially the more ambiguous ones, is an important step towards effective prevention. The Plagiarism Spectrum was developed as a way to define and distinguish the common ways in which plagiarism can take form.

Gaming Against Plagiarism

Some games that are made to help teach students about plagiarism.

Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt

What is plagiarism? What the video and then follow the directions for the scavenger hunt.

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a form of cheating because it's stealing another person's ideas.
Use headphones and click the sound icon and the information will be read to you. Be sure to read along with it. Listen to all 3 pages.

Students' Guide to Preventing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Students' Guide to Preventing and Avoiding Plagiarism Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines Plagiarism using another's words and ideas and passing them on as your own. Words, ideas, or knowledge are considered the Intellectual Property of the original author. U.S. Copyright Law protects the author.

The Meaning and Prevention of Plagiarism

Plagiarism means presenting the words, phrases, ideas or of any borrowed language or ideas that you present in your own work. Quotation marks, followed by documentation, should be used to indicate the exact words of others.

Whose Is It, Anyway? (3-5)

Warm-up (10 minutes) EMPHASIZE to students that they are all creators. Ask them to think about times they recorded an idea they had - whether they wrote something down, uploaded it onto the Internet, took a picture or video, or made something for class.

Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing

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Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt

Learner Description: The page is created for middle school students and is intended to help the student avoid plagiarism. What is considered plagiarism?