Choose between New and Old Tutorials

We have recently improved instruction in the Plagiarism Tutorial. Certification Tests remain the same as before on both new and old websites.

Make Your Choice

Click or touch a link below to go immediately to the new or old tutorial. Scroll down to read about differences explained below.

Image of Welcome Page in New Tutorial Go to the new improved tutorial: 2016 version.
Image of Welcome Page in the Old Tutorial Go to the old unchanged tutorial: 2012-2015 version, expanded from original 2002 version.


Note: You can return to the old tutorial at any time, by clicking on the link in the footer on any page in the new tutorial. You will return to the new tutorial whenever you register or login to take a Certification Test.


What's New?

Short answer: Instruction is more dynamic and now addresses simple to complex forms of plagiarism.

  • Instruction is now organized by levels of difficulty (basic, novice, intermediate, advanced, and expert).
  • You can view 10 video cases. Movies illustrate plagiarism and its consequences, often by students meeting with their instructors, or by students helping each other avoid plagiarism.
  • You can view 12 screencasts that dynamically show plagiarism as you write a paper and how to fix it.
  • You can reflect on how you might use what have been learning.
  • You can take practice tests at each level of difficulty, with detailed feedback on questions missed.
  • Tests for master's and doctoral students are now fixed-length with 10 questions each (in the same format as those for undergraduates and advanced high school students).
  • Certificates earned for passing a test can later be retrieved, validated, and e-mailed by students and their instructors (now for both primary and advanced levels from one location, but with respective differences in wording on Certificates).
  • The layout is easier to use on devices with smaller displays (smartphones and tablets).
  • You can evaluate this new tutorial by taking a brief survey (optional). This will help us learn what to further improve.

What's the Same?

Short answer: We think the old tutorial is still pretty good, since millions of students have used it and passed a test in the past 14 years, but it lacks detail and examples of more complex kinds of plagiarism.

  • The goal is for you to learn to recognize the difference between plagiarism (word-for word and paraphrasing) and non-plagiarism.
  • The online tutorial and tests are still freely available to anyone, and can be used for any non-profit educational purpose.
  • Content in Overview section is unchanged.
  • You are required to register and login before you can take a test.
  • Test questions for primary level: undergraduates and advanced high school students (less difficult, as before)
  • Test questions for advanced level: master's and doctoral students (more difficult, as before)
  • Test questions are randomly selected from very large inventories of items each time you take a test.
  • Certificates earned for passing a test can later be retrieved, validated, and e-mailed by students and their instructors (primary level, as before).
  • Patterns of plagiarism are unchanged, used primarily for illustrating types of errors made if you do not pass a test.

Make Your Choice

New improved tutorial: 2016 version.

Old unchanged tutorial: 2012-2015 version, expanded from original 2002 version.