Plagiarism: A How-Not-to Guide for Students

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Barry Gilmore is participating in a FREE on-line roundtable webinar "Plagiarism in the Digital Age: Voices from the Front Lines -- What's Happening in High Schools Now." To learn more visit

Plainly put, plagiarism isn't acceptable. But what's not so simple for students to understand is what exactly plagiarism is, how it happens, and how to avoid it. That's why Barry Gilmore's Plagiarism: A How-Not-To Guide for Students is a must-have for student writers.

In Plagiarism: A How-Not-To Guide for Students, Barry Gilmore follows up on his teacher's guide Plagiarism: Why It Happens How to Prevent It. Gilmore doesn't sugarcoat plagiarism, but he offers writers reasoned and reasonable solutions. His savvy handbook:

  • speaks directly to students in lively language about what plagiarism is and how it happens
  • presents case studies drawn from real-world events as well as student examples
  • never talks down and invites students to think and talk about plagiarism
  • outlines the consequences of plagiarism without resorting to fear or intimidation.

Gilmore provides all the dos and don'ts students need. With his book students will:
  • get explicit guidelines for MLA and APA citation
  • find out how to use search engines well and document their results appropriately
  • learn to properly summarize and paraphrase third-party material
  • understand what is common knowledge and what isn't.

Plagiarism: A How-Not-To Guide for Students goes well beyond plagiarism avoidance. It builds students' ethical awareness about what cheating is. And it leads them to understand why using their own words is important and, ultimately, more satisfying.
Give your students Plagiarism: A How-Not-To Guide for Students for every paper they will write-across the years, across the content areas. Or better yet, use it alongside Barry Gilmore's teacher's guide, Plagiarism: Why It Happens How to Prevent It. Because your greatest allies in preventing academic dishonesty are well-informed students.
To request this title as a Desk/Exam copy, click here.

Hear a podcast where Barry Gilmore answers Carol Jago's questions about responding to and preventing plagiarism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325026435
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 383,472
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Gilmore, Ed.D., taught English and social studies for over 15 years before becoming a middle school principal in Memphis, TN. Barry is a National Board Certified teacher and Past-President of the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English. As the author of seven books for teachers and numerous articles on topics ranging from the common core to plagiarism and classroom discussion methods, he regularly presents his teaching ideas to groups around the country. Gilmore has received numerous honors for his teaching, including the NCTE's Outstanding High School Educator Award, the U.S. Department of Education's American Star of Teaching Award, and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission's Educator of the Year. Barry Gilmore is a Heinemann Professional Development provider
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Taking the Plague Out of Plagiarism 1

Case Study: Blind Justice? 3

Find Out More 4

Talking Points 5

Chapter 2 Copies (and Robberies): How and Why Plagiarism Happens 6

Murky Waters: Plagiarism in Middle and High School 8

How Plagiarism Happens 9

How Good Are Electronic Detection Services? 15

Good Intentions 16

Boiling It Down: Rules for Paraphrasing and Summarizing 19

Aye, Madam, 'Tis Common: The Spirit of Common Knowledge and Citation 24

Case Study: Take It or Leave It 28

Chapter 3 Write from Wrong: Why You Should Avoid Plagiarism 30

The Ethics Gap 30

The Bottom Line: Paying the Consequences 36

Mother Knows Best (but She Still Shouldn't Write Your Papers for You) 41

Reasons? I'd Call Them Excuses 43

Case Study: Summary Judgment 45

Chapter 4 Copy That!: Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism 46

Out of Cite: The Skill of Attributing Information 49

Start Your Engines: Searching for Information Online 63

The Attribution Solution: Considering Why to Cite 66

Taking It Back: Owning the Assignments You're Given 67

Case Study: Two of a Kind 70

Chapter 5 Making It Personal: Plagiarism and the Culture of Your School 71

Making the Grade: Rankings and Grades in Middle and High School 72

May I Have the Honor? Thinking About Honor Codes 77

Team Efforts: Collaboration and Cheating 80

Get Cut, or Cut and Paste? Other Factors That May Influence Academic Honesty 81

Final Thoughts: Being an Original, Not a Copy 84

Case Study: Figures of Speech 85

Appendix A Guide to Basic Citation in MLA and APA Styles 87

Works Cited 89

Index 93

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