EDTC 6536 – Module 3, Plargiarism & copyrighting

This week in EDTC we studied different kinds of copyright infringement, and found ways to avoid it. I know that plagiarism happens often, but I think that a lot of it is due to confusion and ignorance of the rules and laws of copyrights. I don’t think I can overlook the idea of plagiarism in the special education classroom especially in the upper grades, so I have to make sure to explain the difficulties and circumstances even more often. I have to constantly look up how to cite certain types of text (i.e. Internet article, journal, video, etc.), so I know that it can be confusing for students.  As stated in “Beat the Cheat: Teaching Students (and Parents) It’s Not OK to Copy” (Bochicchio, 2008), “Some students said they knew never to plagiarize from a book, but they didn’t think words published on the Internet were similarly protected.”

I’m still a little fuzzy when it comes to Paraphrasing. When are where do you use references? Where’s the fine line between paraphrasing, and writing your own thoughts and words after reading someone else’s writing.  I say when in doubt… write it out, and cite it just in case. Where is the best APA referencing & citing guidelines information?  I’ve found several online, but most are lacking specific details.


Bochicchio, K. (2008, June) Beat the Cheat: Teaching Students (and Parents) It’s Not OK to Copy. Edutopia Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/student-plagiarism-teacher-strategy

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4 Responses to EDTC 6536 – Module 3, Plargiarism & copyrighting

  1. Sam says:

    Hi James,
    I concur with your comment about the challenge of identifying the fine line between paraphrasing and expressing your own ideas and understandings from a certain reading. I also agree with your suggested way to avoid issues when in doubt. One of the better resources on APA referencing and citing guidelines is the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association”. It may undergo updating from time to time, so it is better to get the latest edition.

  2. James, one of the best online writing resources available is the OWL Project at Purdue University. The site was originally created for its English students, but grew in popularity and now is one of the top sites for writing help:

    I have recommended this site for several years and find it helpful for my own reference.

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