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Plagiarism at Commencement

Graduates.jpgKansas community college leader accused of plagiarizing May commencement speech

In 2004, Hampton University valedictorian Tim Lee used the poem “The New ABC’s,” by Sherri ScottNovoa, in his commencement speech without attribution. In May, John D. Rios, chairman of Kansas City Kansas Community College, gave an eerily similar commencement speech, again without attribution.


Students: COD Wants Your Creative Ideas!

COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest

Enter to win $$$
AIcontest.pngThis semester the Academic Integrity Implementation Committee is hosting a contest to name the Academic Integrity information campaign and want your creative ideas for a tagline or slogan that the College can use when communicating the importance of honesty in all academic endeavors. The caption selected for the campaign will be used in advertising, publicity and informational materials for the College’s Academic Integrity initiative, slated to start this fall.

The first prize is a $1500 award that can be used towards tuition as well as in our bookstore. There will also be two $500 prizes awarded.

For more information and to submit your entry, visit

Popup Picks - Your unlimited source for free e-books!

PopupPicks (1).jpgDo you live in Illinois? Well, you are now the lucky recipient of unlimited access to curations of the best e-books from around the world and around the corner with Popup Picks! Thanks to RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), you can select from rotating collections of hand-curated award-winning SF, travel, humor, self-help, YA, graphic novels and more!

Current collections include:

  • Book Club Summer Reads
  • Girls Rule
  • On the Go
  • Recovering the Classics
  • Comics & Graphic Novels

Popup Picks is free and easy to use - no waitlists, no library card, no checkouts. Just head to Popup Picks , select a book, and start reading.

For more options (annotations, bookmarks, favorites list, access from outside IL) you can create a BiblioBoard Library profile or download the app from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

For more information visit

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Summer Reading - Paperbacks

SummerPaperbacks.JPGIs your next summer read in this stack of just-added paperbacks?

Browse our Paperback Collection for the perfect book to bring along with you anywhere you go! Paperbacks are small and lightweight -- ideal for tucking into a backpack, tote, or a full suitcase. We have titles for everyone, whether you're a fan of literary fiction, genre fiction, memoirs or popular nonfiction. And with the easy to use My Library Account, you can renew your books online and not worry about anything being overdue when you add an extra week to your vacation.

You can see our newest titles here:

Cheating on the Rise? Or Improved Methods of Detection?

exam (1).pngIn Sweden, college student suspensions as the result of cheating have increased by 37.5% since 2013. Are more Swedish students cheating or are instructors and administrators better prepared to identify cheaters?

In its review of 33 universities in Sweden, TT newswire found 733 students had been suspended due to cheating in 2016... [UKÄ Legal Advisor Pontus ] Kyrk thinks the increase is mainly due to increased awareness, and that universities have got better at catching cheaters.


Summer Reading - Audiobooks (& eBooks!)

504x504_SummerReading.png COD Library Audiobooks and eBooks can be your best companion on any summer outing! Take them to the beach, the pool, on cross-country roadtrips, or international flights - you literally have nothing to lose! Check out books from OverDrive and you won't have to worry about damp pages, sand in the binding or a book left behind in a hotel.

OverDrive is easy to use! Learn more at or try out one of our popular eBooks below.

Prosecuting Term Paper Mills in Ireland

Coupon_Fryer.jpgIn his 2013 Times Higher Education article "Essay Mills: University Course Work to Order," David Matthews attempted to pin down the extent of the custom term paper industry in the United Kingdom. While the impact of term paper mills is clear, the scope of the problem is hard to quantify. As one researcher of the industry explained, "Asking how many custom-written essays are being bought and sold in the UK is a bit like asking 'how long is a piece of string?'.”

The problem persists internationally. Recently the Irish Minister for Education drafted legislation that would crack down on essay mills by making it an offense to sell custom essays to students. Read more about this proposed legislation in article New laws will prosecute firms that write essays for third level students

Cheating Season

criminal-with-stolen-computers.png Final exams are in full swing and academic cheaters are making the headlines from London to West Virginia.

Here are a few stories that show the lengths to which students have gone to cheat on high stakes exams.

Instructors can avoid these mishaps and more by taking simple test proctoring precautions. For more information visit the Academic Honesty Instructor Toolbox.

Ten Types of Plagiarism

Identifying plagiarism isn't as simple as "Yes it is" or "No it isn't" - according to Turnitin's research, there's a spectrum of plagiarism that encompasses everything from "submitting another's work, word-for-word, as one's own" to work that "includes proper citation, but relies too closely on the text's original wording and/or structure" (via).

The infographic Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Work shows which types of plagiarism are most problematic, which are most common and provides examples of what the plagiarism might look like in the wild.

To view or download the infographic (PDF), visit


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