Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University


If you are a student of mine, in any class, you are required to read all of the following links – in full. Additionally, I will discuss these points with you in class.

  • Penn Libraries: Consider this important quote from Penn Libraries: “Students anxious about committing plagiarism often ask: ‘How much do I have to change a sentence to be sure I’m not plagiarizing?’ A simple answer to this is: If you have to ask, you’re probably plagiarizing.”
  • UC San Diego: Real World Examples
    • While the previous four examples/quizzes are helpful, and necessary, a conversation about plagiarism is not complete until we address using ideas – which is what this webpage does. Such a discussion requires an additional discussion on Common Knowledge, Audience, Discourse Communities.
    • It is better to err on the side of giving too much info than not enough.
  • UNCCH has a bit of information on common knowledge that is good… and also talks about keeping good notes. If a student tells me “I lost where I found my notes… what do I do?”  – I respond… “Well, then, you’ll have to find some other information!”