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Preventing Student Plagiarism: A Guide for Faculty

What Is in This Guide

Academic integrity at UC: UC policy towards plagiarism.

Plagiarism prevention tips: ideas for assignments and activities, links to tutorials on plagiarism awareness and prevention.

Library and online resources: featured resources on plagiarism awareness and prevention.

Turnitin: information about the plagiarism prevention tool embedded in Canvas.

Plagiarism detection tips: tell-tale signs of plagiarized papers; tools and and strategies for detecting sources of plagiarized papers.

Taking action: links to the information and documentation.

Module with a quiz for your students

Your students can learn about plagiarism and ways to avoid it by taking a module with a final quiz.

Please note that the module was designed to be used as an introduction to plagiarism concepts. Once you add it to your course you can customize the information and examples to fit your course content and level. If you wish to incorporate discipline-specific examples, please reach out to your subject liaison librarian.

If you wish to assign the plagiarism module to students who are enrolled in an existing Canvas course or organization which you administer, please follow the steps below.

  • Login to Canvas.
  • Click on the "Commons" link or icon on the left side of the screen.
  • Click "Filter," scroll down to the bottom and  the click the button for University of Cincinnati.
  • In the search box type "plagiarism." Click the link for "Plagiarism: Why Should It Matter to You."
  • On the module screen, click the "Import/Download" button on the right side.
  • Choose the destination course for the module.
  • Click "Import into Course."
  • The module will appear under "Modules" in the course menu. The “For Instructors” page includes information about editing the module within your course.

Note: The module may be updated as needed. If you want to use the current version, you should re-import the module from the Commons. Use caution, as existing student submissions will be lost.

Comments? Questions?

Please direct your comments, questions, and suggestions about this guide to
Olga Hart (, 556-1850)

University of Cincinnati Libraries

PO Box 210033 Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0033

Phone: 513-556-1424

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