Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial

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Subject of practice


Target groups


Educational level

Higher Education

Short Summary

This tutorial provides an overview of the actions which constitute plagiarism and why it is serious. It offers tips and advice on avoiding plagiarism and includes an interactive quiz and exercises to enable students to practice.

Difficulty of ICT solutions used

Very easy

Detailed description

Learning outcomes

Defining plagiarism, learn why plagiarism is serious, learn to avoid it, learn good note-taking habits, learn to quote and paraphrase, define common knowledge, learn when to reference

Typical learning time

15 min.

Description of challenges faced (Are there any difficulties teachers/learners might face?)

This tutorial aims to help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid committing it.

Detailed description

What is plagiarism? : A short online quiz on what you think plagiarism is.

Defining plagiarism: A video on plagiarism (also available in Word doc.)

Why is plagiarism serious?: Explanation

Avoiding plagiarism: Description and good tips

Good note taking habits: Hands-on examples and advices

Quoting: Explanation and video illustration

Paraphrasing: Explanation

Common knowledge: Definition and examples

When to reference: How-to-do-it guide with graphics 

When to cite - exercise

Further practice: Exercises to test your gained knowledge and turn into practice

Learning Activities / Implementation

This practice can be used as an exercise during lessons, in groups but can be used also in personal learning environments. The practice is ready to use and support meaningful and useful learning activities. Recommendable for secondary school, university level and adult learning equally.

Tools used to realise the practice

online learning envirnoment, internet connection, laptop or PC

Country of originUnited Kingdom
Language of the practiceEnglish
Website relatedOnline Tutorial
Status of the practiceFinal
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Area of good practice
  • ICT enabled learning - Using digital resources for face-to-face classroom practice & for online learning/blended classroom practice
This practice is
Transferable, Adaptability, Acceptability, Impact, Effectiveness, Availability, Creativity

About the author

Name of contributorRobin Goodfellow, Beatriz de los Arcos, Martin Weller, Tim Seal, Terese Bird, Jackie Carter, Richard Windle
Affiliation of contributor Project leader, Project Research Assistant, Project Advisor, Project Client Advisor, Project partners
Institution where this practice was implementedProvided by Information Services, Cardiff University to Digital Scholarship Team: UK Open University in partnership with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester and Manchester Information and Associated Service (Mimas) at the University of Manchester
Contact e-mailsuba@eden-online.org