Choose between New and Old Tutorials

We redesigned and improved the Plagiarism Tutorials, first introduced on January 2, 2016. Instruction is now organized by levels of difficulty (basic, novice, intermediate, advanced, and expert). Mastery of the expert level is now required to pass a current Certification Test.

Make Your Choice

Click or touch a link below to go immediately to the new or old tutorial. Or scroll down on this page to read about major differences.

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.

Nonetheless, you will return to the new tutorial whenever you register or login to take a Certification Test. Starting in 2016, everyone is now required to register and pass a new Certification Test in order to receive a Certificate. Certificates earned before 2016 are no longer available and cannot be validated.


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.
  • Certification Test item inventories have been updated.
  • 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 in 2016 or later can 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 web page 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 an older version of the test between 2002 and 2015. However, the old tutorial lacks sufficient detail, examples, and practice on recognizing more complex and subtle 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.
  • 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.