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Earn a Certificate in Plagiarism Assessment!

Plagiarism is often associated with scientific misconduct, and only a suspicion can have serious consequences. But what is plagiarism and what is appropriate copying - where do the boundaries lie?

This class will help you better understand such differences and make the right decisions where plagiarism is found. Because not all plagiarism is the same. The text class introduces to plagiarism, it explains how complex the assessment of plagiarism can be and where the challenge lies for those who are responsible for decision-making and consequences.

The course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students and authors who want to avoid plagiarism in their work, as well as teachers who want to pass this knowledge on to their students.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Plagiarism

  • What is Plagiarism?

  • What is Originality?

  • What is not Plagiarism?

  • Disciplinary Differences

  • Incentives and Risk Factors

  • Detection and Evidence

  • Decision-making and Judgment

  • COPE & Consequences

  • Plagiarism Examples

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Receive personalized advice

Have your assignments and exams graded

Receive your personalized certificate, issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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249 $ per module

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199 $ per module

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Prof. Dr. Michael Seadle

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Seadle has had a long engagement with research integrity issues through his work as editor and as head of the Commission on Research Malpractice at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Michael Seadle has written on a wide range of subjects including long term digital archiving, research methodology, copyright, digitization, computing management, and German history. He has been principal investigator on grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). His current research areas are research integrity and long term digital archiving.

He used to serve as Director of the Berlin School for Library and Information Science (Institut für Bibliothek- und Informationswissenschaft) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, as well as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts I, and chair of the Commission on Research Ethics (Wissenschaftliches Fehlverhalten) and chair of the University Council. He is the editor of two academic journals. He is Executive Director of the iSchools, founding co-director of the HEADT Centre (Humboldt Elsevier Advanced Data and Text Centre) and head of its research integrity unit.

Expand your Knowledge

Learn how to make informed decisions

Learn how to avoid Plagiarism

This course will teach you the basic skills to safely avoid plagiarism in your own work. You will learn how to recognize improper textual copying and to distinguish it from acceptable citation or paraphrasing.

Become a Decision-Maker

By taking this course, you will become an expert in dealing with plagiarism. You will acquire knowledge that you can use and pass on in your practical work as a teacher or lecturer.

Your Benefits

This course tells you what to do when you discover plagiarism. You will learn how to make the right decisions with sound judgment and how to draw appropriate consequences.

You will become familiar with gray-scale metrics and understand that making decisions about the appropriateness of textual copying requires more than just quantifying identical words or counting affected page numbers.

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