How To Avoid Plagiarism – part 2
Have the Students Present Drafts
When the students start to write a particular work, you should be browsing through it in order to make certain that each student’s work is an original. Requiring them to submit drafts every now and then would persuade them to really make a work of their own. Once they submit a draft or even an outline to you, it would definitely be best to write comments about what they have written and in turn, once they submit it again, you would be able to check if they were able to apply what you have advised them to do. By doing this, you would be able to see immediately the improvements of your students.
Provide Particular Topics to Your Students
By providing particular topics to your students, this would make you certain that the probability of being able to find a certain paper that has already been written which may be copied would be avoided. Your students would not be constraint with regard to having the means for them to truly express what they would like to say if for instance you would allow them to get an assistant or simply consult with you. You may even set a schedule when you would be able to meet them.
Require them to Answer Questions Orally
Once you require the students to answer various questions pertaining to the how they would like their work to turn out, like how they go about research, this would aid you in terms of ascertaining whether the students actually know what they are doing or not. Aside from that, your students would also become more at ease with the research that they should do and how they would be able to come up with brilliant ideas that would also contribute a lot to their paper.
The Annotation of the Bibliography of the Students should have a Personal Touch
The students should learn to make an annotation that is brief and concise so that they would be able to put to good use all the sources that they have. However, it should be taken into consideration that the annotation should be made in such a way that the students do not simply copy whatever is written on the sources that they were able to get. It should be written in such a way that it is based on how the students were able to understand it, which means that they have to write using their own style.
An Alternative to Submission of Drafts or Outlines
Aside from requiring your students to submit drafts or answer to questions, an alternative to that would be to require them to submit a particular paragraph wherein the students would be discussing how they were able to come up with the topic that they have. The process that they had to undergo in terms of how they started with the research and how they were able to get a hold of sources and what exactly is its significance.
Sources Used Should Be Recent
The students should not rely on sources that may have been written long time ago since these may no longer be applicable at present. Sources should be the most recent in order to make certain that all the latest developments regarding the study and the students’ work would become even more significant.
The Work Should Be Brief yet Sensible
The work that your students would submit should be brief yet the essence should still be there. Students may just use ideas that are actually part of their sources.