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Online Learning for Information Literacy: Plagiarism

A collection of online tutorials, videos, class exercises, and assessments for developing students' information literacy.

Examining Students' Conceptions of Plagiarism


Musselman Library and The Writing Center jointly designed this flipped classroom activity you can use to guide a discussion about what students consider plagiarism. It consists of an online tutorial that helps students articulate their conceptions of plagiarism and supplementary materials for follow-up conversation during the next class session.

Sample slide from Plagiarism QuestionnaireIn the tutorial, students will provide numerical plagiarism ratings for 10 hypothetical writing scenarios taken from an existing study of student and instructor attitudes toward plagiarism (Marzluf, 2013). After they rate each scenario, they will be provided with the average student and instructor scores from Marzluf’s original study for comparison (and discussion in class). Once your students have completed the exercise by whatever deadline you'd prefer, you will receive an email with a list of students who participated as well as your class's anonymized results.

This activity has the following learning outcomes:

  • After tutorial: Students will be able to articulate what practices they believe do and do not constitute plagiarism and why.
  • After discussion: Students will be able to explain what constitutes plagiarism in the context of your particular course.

How to use the content:

Step 1

Email Kevin Moore ( and say you plan to use this tutorial with one of your classes. Please include the following information:

  • Course number and section
  • When you would like to receive an email with a list of students who participated as well as their anonymized responses

At that point, your course's information will be added to the tutorial's sign-in page.


Step 2

Distribute the Plagiarism Questionnaire to your students. You can add the following link in Moodle or email it to your class directly.


Step 3

The next time your class meets, feel free to use the following slides and discussion guide to debrief students' responses and engage in critical discussions about what constitutes plagiarism in your discipline and your course.

Questionnaire source:

Marzluf, P. (2013). Examining teachers’ and students’ attitudes toward plagiarism. In M. Donnelly, R. Ingalls, T. A. Morse, J. C. Post, & A. M. Stockdell-Giesler (Eds.), Critical conversations about plagiarism (pp. 7–20). Parlor Press.