Below is a list of useful resources that can be used as conversation "starters" for classroom discussions about plagiarism, consequences of plagiarism and other issues related to academic integrity. The formats of the resources in this list include articles, a blog, videos, and a web guide.
- "The Plagiarist's Tale" The author of "Assassin of Secrets" had a secret of his own. (Article)
This article covers the case of an author caught plagiarizing on the cusp of publishing a hit spy novel. An excerpt of the book was posted online by the publisher and then a fan of the spy novel genre noticed sentences had been copied from other spy novel authors. After discovering that the author had been a plagiarist for fifteen years, he was asked by the publishing company to pay back his $15,000 advance for two books, and to reimburse the company for the book's production costs.
- "Helene Hegemann, the art of cut and paste" (Article)
This article discusses the case of Helene Hegemann, a young German novelist, who freely admits to using passages of other people's work from the web in one of her novels. The article's author suggests that this could herald "a new take on plagiarism and 'authenticity.'"
- "As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating" (Article)
This article covers the case of an assignment in H. E. Dunsmore’s class at Purdue University. Two students turned in nearly 100 identical lines of code for an assignment that would allow one computer to visit web pages located on another. Was it a fluke? Or had they cheated?