Teaching students how to research often involves what not to do as much as what they should do. That is, don’t take credit for ideas that aren’t yours. Today we have unprecedented access to information, which can make it tempting to not credit a source, or to commit unintentional plagiarism. You can find lots of information to help you teach about this form of cheating at Guidelines and Resources for Avoiding Plagiarism, a website from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The site has definitions of plagiarism, policy guidelines, plus information tailored specifically for teachers, students and parents. Naturally, like any good plagiarism resource, this site properly credits its sources in its works cited section. -BILL FERRIS

Guidelines and Resources for Avoiding Plagiarism

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