Raise awareness about plagiarism
in high school

Talking about plagiarism in middle and high school

What are we waiting for?

It's undeniable: tools for digital work and submitting assignments remotely have multiplied in middle and high schools. More and more secondary schools are seizing this educational opportunity to prevent copying/pasting.

In the same way that we teach politeness to children from an early age, learning to respect copyright allows middle and high school students to act responsibly starting with their first writing assignments.

plagiarism second-graders

of second-graders

use the Internet

as a research tool

high school students copying/pasting

of high school students

have already

used copying/pasting

high school students fraud

of high school students

admit they

have cheated

Plagiarism is not excusable, even in high school!

Eloyse Meunier did not receive her bachelor's degree in technology, and her grades from the last 3 years of school were invalidated.

Robin Desquiens was called before a disciplinary committee for failing to cite his source.

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Which anti-plagiarism solution is right for your middle or high school?

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Awareness-raising approach

« We use Compilatio not in a punitive way but in a process of raising awareness, in preparation for higher education. [...] We ask students to create a composite document, with an assortment of copied-and-pasted text, so they can see the percentage of similarities found by Compilatio plagiarism-detection tools. Then comes the work of learning, when students must adapt the copied texts... They must understand that they can use external sources, but they must absolutely cite them. […] »

Prevent plagiarism in middle and high school

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Foster good work habits
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Prepare high school students for higher education
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Develop critical thinking over the course of their academic career
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Promote the value of honesty

Research librarians and teachers: an invaluable tool in the anti-plagiarism process

Middle and high school teaching staff are tasked with guiding their students through Media and Information Literacy throughout their education, "using a cross-disciplinary approach"*.

Book summaries, lectures, book reports, essays, internship reports, creative writing, homework assignments, etc. Faced with a variety of required research assignments starting in middle and high school, several opportunities are available for educators:

  • Explain the assignment's rules and methodology
  • Guide students in organising their work
  • Track learning at different stages
  • Assess the level of submitted documents
  • Grade using plagiarism-detection software
  • Show students their results

 The result: avoid plagiarism in high school students' writing.

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Why talk about plagiarism in secondary school?

"The aim of educating about media and information literacy is to enable students to exercise responsible citizenship in an information- and communication-based society, to raise tomorrow's "cybercitizens" to be active, informed and responsible.

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Avoiding the risk of plagiarism in an institutional and pedagogical way

Martin HUTCHISON, research and planning officer at the University of Quebec in Montreal and a speaker on academic plagiarism, gave us his advice about how to reduce plagiarism during our conference "Plagiarism prevention in secondary schools: it's emergency!

At the institutional level

  • Implement of a gradual approach according to the school level with all the teaching staff.
  • Harmonise the rules and requirements for referencing documentary sources.

At the pedagogical level

  • Teach students to search information (use of wikipedia, research in scientific journals, etc.).
  • Adding some requirements (triangulation of sources with non-digital works, number of quotations in the assignment, well-developed bibliography...).
  • Reserve part of the mark for the adequate use of sources.


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Plagiarism prevention starting in secondary school

Compilatio believes that striving for academic honesty and integrity requires acting early. With its educational approach, Compilatio guides teaching teams and students starting with their first research assignments. Compilatio provides customised resources to curb the temptation to copy/paste, which has greatly increased with the development of the Internet.