Information Fluency – Plagiarism


The process of taking someone else’s ideas and words and passing them off as your own is a type of fraud. The creator of the originally published ideas owns the intellectual property.

Essential Questions

Why can’t I copy and paste content from the internet?
What if I bought my English research paper online?
What is wrong with using an image from the internet and not providing the reference in my project?

Implementation Suggestions and Strategies for Schools

Teaching students about plagiarism is a great opportunity to partner with the school librarian.

Anti-plagiarism efforts are successful when they involve the entire school.  Students must understand that plagiarism is unacceptable in all classes!

1 –  Have students complete the Plagiarism Attitude Scale survey located here.  Students will be able to see how other HCPS teens have responded to these questions by clicking on the public link at the end of the survey.

2- Make a curriculum connection in English or Social Studies! Use the lesson plan on this web site ( to engage students in small group discussions about what constitutes plagiarism.

2 – Have students be the judge. Ask students to write down plagiarism situations they are aware of on a note card.  Be sure to create a few of your own. Shuffle the note cards and have students discuss in pairs or fours. Then have students share out the observations.