Best Practices for Reducing Plagiarism Jill Newby Information Literacy Team UA University Library March 22, 2005.
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Best Practices for Reducing Plagiarism Jill Newby Information Literacy Team UA University Library March 22, 2005
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Best Practices Have a Class Discussion about Plagiarism Why is it important for students to understand why plagiarism is an important issue? Provide opportunities for students to learn about plagiarism and how to paraphrase and cite information correctly Online Tutorial – Western Michigan Univ. Library Examples of incorrect & correct paraphrasing – Indiana University – Writing Tutorial Services Examples of incorrect & correct paraphrasing – Indiana University – Writing Tutorial Services Discuss the penalties for plagiarism Include a policy statement on your syllabus Refer to the UA Code of Academic Integrity http://studpubs.web.arizona.edu/policies/cacaint.htmUA Code of Academic Integrity
Best Practices Create meaningful assignments that support course objectives Create clear parameters for assignments Work with librarians to design effective library research assignments.
Best Practices Don’t assume students know how to find, evaluate and cite sources correctly Provide time/activities in the syllabus for students to engage in information literacy topicstime/activities in the syllabus Provide time/activities to help students learn how to evaluate sources Provide resources for correctly documenting sources
Best Practices Focus on the Research Process Use sequenced assignments for thesis statement, pre-writing article search, outline, drafts, annotated bibliographies. Support students in identifying topics early Support students in synthesizing information Provide examples of good research papers with correct citation formats.
Best Practices Provide Frequent Feedback and Assessment Have a clearly defined grading rubric Use student peer-review for drafts Have students write about their research/writing experiences – “research log”
Best Practices Be knowledgeable about detecting plagiarism Ask for sources and drafts of writing Use a Search Engine Type in a phrase using quotations “telephone was only a convenience” Use commercial detection services – last resort?
Best Practices Penalize those that plagiarize Determine appropriate level of penalty Notify the Dean of Student’s Office 621-7057 Complaint form and information: http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies/ http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies/
Resources WPA Statement on Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism http://www.ilstu.edu/~ddhesse/wpa/positions/WPAplagiarism.pdf http://www.ilstu.edu/~ddhesse/wpa/positions/WPAplagiarism.pdf Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism (Library site) http://www.library.arizona.edu/library/teams/InfoLit2000/plagiarism.shtml http://www.library.arizona.edu/library/teams/InfoLit2000/plagiarism.shtml Citation Guides http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/index.html