Combating Plagiarism

A Hands-On Guide for Librarians, Teachers, and Students

by Terry Darr


Many students unknowingly plagiarize material, including their own work.

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August 2019

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 145
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, K-12
  Management and Administration/Copyright and Intellectual Property
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Offers an instructional plan for plagiarism education for middle school and high school students, allowing librarians to become a resource for students, teachers, and school administrators.

The proliferation of resources now available through libraries and the internet requires a new set of information management skills in order for students to avoid plagiarism. While educators legitimately expect students to approach academic work with honesty and integrity, students need to be able to understand the context of their academic resources—both print and digital—well enough to use them appropriately and ethically. Combating Plagiarism will help middle and high school librarians to understand and teach the authorship and publication process so students learn to use relevant information in an ethically and academically sound fashion.

Terry Darr's long-term collaboration with a high school history teacher taught her the challenges faced by students conducting research—and by librarians and teachers tasked with teaching plagiarism prevention. Her book is full of tested concepts for teaching these complex topics. A wealth of practical resources includes real-life examples from research papers as well as plenty of instructional materials, exercises, and lesson plans for librarians to use with their students.


  • Helps librarians to feel confident in their professional positions as plagiarism experts on campus
  • Teaches librarians how to help students who have already plagiarized
  • Provides opportunities for librarians to collaborate with teachers and writing centers through plagiarism education
  • Acts as a reference guide with all types of questions to ask students about plagiarism during the research process
  • Creates an important framework for the ethical and appropriate use of information in schools
Author Info

Terry Darr is library director at Loyola Blakefield, an independent college preparatory school for boys in grades 6–12. She teaches more than 200 information literacy classes each school year. The last ten years have taught her how to design instruction that works for her students. She is a regular book reviewer for ALA and Library Quarterly. Darr has presented on plagiarism education and micro-paraphrasing in the Maryland and DC areas.

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