UA Resources

Study Skills Resources

  • Problems with reading comprehension are often mentioned as a factor that can lead to plagiarism or patchwriting: students who don’t understand what they read in a source often just copy/paste it into their writing or they attempt to paraphrase it, usually poorly because they aren’t able to put the idea into their own words. UA’s Center for Academic Success is certainly a good source to help students with reading problems.
  • If you are seeking advice on how to help students improve their reading skills for your course, you might find Susan Barber’s 11 November 2016 Edutopia article useful:  “6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills–in Any Subject”
  • Source Credibility Pack (includes links to teaching ideas for faculty and links to student resources)

Resources on Academic Integrity

Good Books on the Subject

  • James Lang’s Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard, 2013) – accessible, practical, inspiring
  • Dan Ariely’s The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves (Harper, 2012) – a fascinating study of morals and ethics; chapter 2 “Fun with the Fudge Factor” is particularly applicable to the issue of academic integrity
  • Don McCabe, Kenneth Butterfield, and Linda Trevino, Cheating in College: Why Students Do It and What Educators Can Do About It  (Johns Hopkins, 2012) – McCabe was a founding member of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and his nationwide college surveys from the 1990s-2012 form the basis for much of the subsequent research about academic integrity
  • Stephen Davis, Patrick Drinan, and Tricia Bertram Gallant, Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)

Best Practices

Cheating in the News – Current-Event Assignment Ideas and Resources

(Asking students to research or read about current events related to cheating might be a way to introduce conversations about academic integrity into your classroom)

Some assignment ideas:

  1. Ask students to locate a source and then talk about credible sources or how to evaluate sources
  2. Ask students to locate a source and provide you with the correct bib entry for that source
  3. Ask students to locate a source, summarize it, and provide your with correct bib entry
  4. Provide students with a link to an article or articles and ask for any of the above or for a mini practice synthesis essay, so students can practice incorporating sources into an argument and correctly documenting and citing sources. This could also be a group project.

Some student text ideas:

Resources on Plagiarism

Resources from Plagiarism.Org

Plagiarism-Aware Lesson Plan Ideas

Resources on Cultural Differences in Plagiarism

Resources on Contract Cheating

(an EMERGING concern; includes Ghostwriting & Paper Mills)

(NOTE: The best current research on Contract Cheating is coming out of Australia)

Resources related to Cheating on Tests

Resources for Teaching Computer Science and Coding

Resources for Teaching Online Courses

Resources for Teaching International Students

Here’s a handy Tip Sheet (pdf) that provides information about best practices for working with international students. It includes also includes information about ghostwriting and some sample syllabus language. You may also find help in the articles listed below:

Lesson Plan Ideas for Multilingual Writers

Resources for Administrators