Raise awareness about plagiarism
in high school

What are we waiting for?

It's undeniable: tools for digital work and submitting assignments remotely have multiplied in middle and high schools. More and more secondary schools are seizing this educational opportunity to prevent copying/pasting.

In the same way that we teach politeness to children from an early age, learning to respect copyright allows middle and high school students to act responsibly starting with their first writing assignments.

Prevent plagiarism in middle and high school

Foster good work habits
Foster good work habits
Prepare high school students for higher education
Prepare high school students for higher education
Develop critical thinking over the course of their academic career
Develop critical thinking over the course of their academic career
Promote the value of honesty
Promote the value of honesty

Awareness-raising approach

« We use Compilatio not in a punitive way but in a process of raising awareness, in preparation for higher education. [...] We ask students to create a composite document, with an assortment of copied-and-pasted text, so they can see the percentage of similarities found by Compilatio plagiarism-detection tools. Then comes the work of learning, when students must adapt the copied texts... They must understand that they can use external sources, but they must absolutely cite them. […] »

an invaluable tool in the anti-plagiarism process

Research librarians and teachers: an invaluable tool in the anti-plagiarism process

Middle and high school teaching staff are tasked with guiding their students through Media and Information Literacy throughout their education, "using a cross-disciplinary approach"*.

Book summaries, lectures, book reports, essays, internship reports, creative writing, homework assignments, etc. Faced with a variety of required research assignments starting in middle and high school, several opportunities are available for educators:

  • Explain the assignment's rules and methodology
  • Guide students in organising their work
  • Track learning at different stages
  • Assess the level of submitted documents
  • Grade using plagiarism-detection software
  • Show students their results

 The result: avoid plagiarism in high school students' writing


of second-graders

use the Internet

as a research tool


of high school students

have already

used copying/pasting


of high school students

admit they

have cheated

Avoid temptations to copy and paste

Avoid temptations to copy and paste, avoid plagiarism in schools

Each teacher has a strong educational power: to make it more difficult for their students to plagiarise than to actually do the work as assigned.

  • Clarify the guidelines for writing and citations with each assignment. When the rules are explicit and repeated, the risk of plagiarism diminishes.
  • Assign original and unpublished topics. If the assignment's topics are new, students will not be able to copy others' previous writing.
  •  Engage students with topics of their choice. By researching topics that interest them, students are satisfied in deepening their personal knowledge and are less likely to plagiarise.
  • Implement an oral presentation of the research assignment. An oral presentation for an assignment enables a teacher-student dialogue, thus enabling the teacher to verify how much knowledge the student has acquired.
  • Analyse digital homework with plagiarism-detection software throughout the school year. By analysing all of their students' work, teachers can understand and explain any corrections that should be applied before final papers. 

Pedagogy remains the best means for combating plagiarism.


Plagiarism is not excusable, even in high school!

Eloyse Meunier did not receive her bachelor's degree in technology, and her grades from the last 3 years of school were invalidated.

Robin Desquiens was called before a disciplinary committee for failing to cite his source.


For all stakeholders in secondary education Free No commitment

20 mn to discover Compilatio



20 minutes to explore:
  • Educational resources that are easy to apply
  • A positive approach to work without copying/pasting
8 October 2021
11:15 CET 20 min
18 November 2021
17:15 CET 20 min
To choose the best anti-plagiarism solution

Which anti-plagiarism solution is right for your middle or high school?

Save time with the full list of criteria to evaluate when deciding which anti-plagiarism solution suits your educational goals.

  • List your institution's needs (software, resources, guidance, follow-up, etc.)
  • Download the plagiarism-prevention provider evaluation rubric
  • Search for information and record it in the rubric
  • Evaluate the criteria according to your expectations
  • Choose the best academic-integrity solution for you


Plagiarism prevention starting in secondary school

Compilatio believes that striving for academic honesty and integrity requires acting early.                                                                                                                       With its educational approach, Compilatio guides teaching teams and students starting with their first research assignments.                                                    Compilatio provides customised resources to curb the temptation to copy/paste, which has greatly increased with the development of the Internet.