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Cite Right Program

What is Cite Right?

As part of a sanction for academic dishonesty, whether intentional or unintentional, students who have plagiarized must attend a short writing center seminar known as "Cite Right." The program aims to empower students with a knowledge of appropriate documentation and fair use to avoid and combat plagiarism. It is this goal that directs the structure of the program and the dialogue between student and tutor.

How do students get started?

If you have been referred to the writing center by the Dean of Students' Office, please do the following:
  1. Contact the writing center at (248) 370-3120 or stop in at 212 Kresge Library to schedule an appointment. Please do not use the online scheduler because only certain consultants take Cite Right appointments.
  2. Complete Kresge Library's Plagiarism Tutorial. Print the certificate at the end of the program, and bring it with you to the first appointment.
  3. Attend your first appointment on time, and be ready to discuss the effects of plagiarism on your academic career. Please bring your tutorial certificate and the problem paper/project.
What happens during the program?

The program consists of seven 40-minute sessions with outside homework. Here is a session-by-session outline of what will happen during the seminar:
  1. After overviewing the program, student and consultant examine the problem paper and discuss it in the context of the student's and others' definitions of plagiarism.
    Articles to read for homework:
    Preventing Unintentional Plagiarism
    Plagiarism in the Internet Age
  2. Begin a discussion of why students plagiarize and examine why teachers and the academy are so concerned with plagiarism.
    Articles to read for homework, as selected by consultant:
    Valentine article
    Zwagerman article
    Plagiarism among University Students
  3. Discuss why citations are necessary in scholarly writing and what they provide to the academic community.
  4. Examine documentation guidelines and complete guided exercises.
    Homework: Collect scholarly sources for the plagiarism paper.
  5. Practice integrating sources into the student's own work using quotation, summary, and paraphrase.
    Homework: Compose rough draft of plagiarism paper for next session.
  6. Review draft of plagiarism paper and compare it to the student's problem paper.
    Homework: Compose a reflective piece about this experience and revise the plagiarism paper into a final draft.
  7. Review the final paper and the reflective piece. Take plagiarism quiz demonstrating sufficient knowledge of proper documentation and source integration.
    Note: If student fails the quiz, s/he can retake it the next week after reviewing the material