Is it Plagiarism or Not?


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Tagging Plagiarism Types with The Plagiarism Spectrum QuickMark Set

We developed the Plagiarism Spectrum as a way to help students to understand how plagiarism can take form. The Spectrum identifies the 10 most common types of plagiarism and “tags” them with digital-like monikers. Naming the types “clone,” “remix,” or “hybrid,” for example, have really shown to appeal to students, particularly in getting them to identify and remember the different types. 


To really help students make the connection, we’ve also just created a set of QuickMarks that incorporate the Plagiarism Spectrum types and definitions. Turnitin users can download the QuickMark set now and import it into their individual Turnitin Feedback Studio accounts for use.  Not sure how to import QuickMark sets? Here’s a link to more information on how to do that.


The new Plagiarism Spectrum QuickMark set includes one QuickMark per Spectrum type. And, each QuickMark also contains a link to a webpage where students can see an example of the type and how plagiarism can take form.  Here’s an example of the Clone QuickMark appears when you drop it on to a student paper in Turnitin Feedback Studio:

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And, here’s the page that opens up when students click the link in the “Clone” QuickMark:

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If you feel the need to add your commentary to the Spectrum QuickMark, you can also do that. With the Plagiarism Spectrum QuickMarks, you can help students make the immediate connection between the plagiarism type and description and provide them with guidance on how they can better improve their work.


As part of the development of the Spectrum, we’ve also created posters, infographics, and additional classroom resources that educators can use to further support student understanding of the types.  


The additional resources are readily available here: