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Is Your Child Plagiarizing?

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Updated on Jul 9, 2013

If you discover your child has, in fact, copied someone else’s words or ideas, it’s important to approach her without accusation. Explain that plagiarism may be unintentional, and that it is perfectly acceptable to “over-cite” and quote from numerous sources when writing a paper. Dowshen suggests an anti-plagiarism checklist, which you can help your child create. Possible questions she can ask herself:

  • Did I know this fact before I conducted my research?
  • Did I credit the original source whenever I was unsure?
  • When I lifted a passage from a book or Web site, did I put quotation marks around it?
  • Did I add every book or Web site I consulted to my bibliography? Do I have photocopies or printouts of pages I used?
  • If I don’t remember the exact page I found information, did I at least note the book or online destination?
  • If I read over a sentence or idea that I’ve paraphrased, do I understand and can I explain what I wrote?

Be sure to tell your child that plagiarism is easy to do, but the consequences may be severe. If you’re engaged in her work and are conscious of the signs, however, you will be able to teach her how to avoid the deed in the future.

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