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Respect Intellectual Property  

A faculty guide to help students understand and appreciate intellectual property rights.
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Upcoming Workshops

Past Workshops

March 23, 2012
Proactive Plagiarism Prevention - We all can see the role technology plays when students share or "borrow" the work of others for written assignments. Technology isn't always the enemy! Tools are available to help students identify their mistakes, and to help teachers detect when students have not included proper attributes. This session will demonstrate how readily available tools work, and how they compare to other plagiarism detection tools on the market.  Presented by Margie Francisco, Keith King, Emily Vescogni.

October 7, 2011
Say RIP to Plagiarism
- This session is perfect for anyone who is tired of students’ dishonesty and ignorance about source use. Attendees can share their experiences with and concerns about academic dishonesty in the hope of finding solutions. Instructors of all disciplines are encouraged to come.  Presented by Pat Pence, Nursing Instructor, Jeff Spanbauer, History Instructor, and Kirk Lockwood, English Instructor



Barry, Elaine S. "Can Paraphrasing Practice Help Students Define Plagiarism?." College Student Journal 40.2 (2006): 377-384. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 May 2012.


Books in the Library

Cover Art
Stop Plagiarism - Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic; Katie Elson Anderson
Call Number: PN167 .S76 2010
ISBN: 9781555707163
Publication Date: 2010-08-01

Cover Art
Doing Honest Work in College - Charles Lipson
Call Number: PN171.F56 L56 2008
ISBN: 9780226484778
Publication Date: 2008-04-15


Sample Assignments and Activities

Which Simpsons Character Is Your Intellectual Property Personality Profile?

The Simpsons Fun Quiz  poses situations to students in the form of a quiz, then matches the profile to a Simpsons Character.  From Northern Kentucky Universities Creative Thinking site.  The site offers a full array of materials for working with students.

Copyright And Fair Use: Lesson Plans for High School, College and Graduate Education

This site includes complete lessons with handouts, short videos, activities and readings.  From the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.

Acadia University's You Quote It, You Note It

Choose a player and then begin exploring concepts of plagiarism.  The tutorial does not track student performance.  This can be used by very dedicated students, or could serve as a classroom activity.

Plagiarism Training Mentors Manual

Prepared by the University of Texas Libraries.  Includes many good discussion starters.

How to Recognize Plagiarism

This interactive module from Indiana University includes cases, examples, practice exercises and a quiz.  Upon receiving a score of 100 on the quiz, students are presented with a printable certificate.

Lesson Plan for a Plagiarism workshop

This 2-hour workshop was designed and developed by Skills@Library, University of Leeds, 2010.  It includes workshop leader notes and a PowerPoint presentation.


An exercise devoted to developing paraphrasing skills.


Suggestions for Plagiarism Proof Assignments

Reducing Plagiarism with Non-Traditional Assignments

from Colorado State University, Institute for Learning and Teaching.


Quick Poll

Do you currently collect an in-class writing sample at the start of the semester?


Scaffolding Assignments

For larger writing assignments or projects, how many "parts" are submitted prior to the final deadline?

Resources for Students

IVCC Stylebook

The Stylebook has a sections specific to paraphrasing and plagiarism.

Jacobs Library Media Guide

A resource to direct students to legal sources of images, video and music, along with assistance in how to cite these formats.

Preventing Plagiarism from the Web

June, 2006
A thorough look at plagiarism, including motivational factors, investigating suspect assignments and prevention strategies.  Prepared by Randy Rambo.


    Syllabus Statement

    Plagiarism and Cheating

    The following statement on plagiarism and cheating was adopted by the Humanities and Fine Arts Division:

    Plagiarism constitutes the appropriation of another person's exact words or original thoughts or writing without extending proper credit (using in-text citations and a works cited reference list) to the original source. As such, plagiarism exists as an illegal action—a type of theft that, in the business/professional world, for example, could result in severe penalties against you.

    The administration and faculty of Illinois Valley Community College prohibit plagiarism, whether the language and the ideas originate from a published source or from work done by another student. Commission of plagiarism and/or cheating may result in failure of the course and/or dismissal from the college.

    Simply, plagiarism is not worth the effort; don't do it!


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