Everything starts with suspicion.

You take a student's essay, start reading it, and it doesn't feel right. The writing structure, word constructions, and deductions are unlike this mentee of yours! You go to PlagiarismCheck, Copyscape, or any other resource to check that essay for plagiarism and...ta da!

You were right. The essay has obvious signs of plagiarism.

Don't hurry up to blame a student. They might plagiarize accidentally. A responsible educator, you can help students write original academic papers and teach them to distinguish whether they opine on the topic or simply paraphrase statements, taken from third party sources....

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  • About the Author:

    Lesley Vos is a private educator of the French language and online tutor from Chicago. She helps students write better, and you are welcome to ask her a question or say hi on Twitter.