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Don't Be a Copy Cat: Avoiding Plagiarism Workshop

A guide containing information for the library's plagiarism workshop.

Welcome!

The Michael Schwartz Library is pleased to offer a series of online workshops for students who are hoping to earn extra or course credit, or for anyone interested in gaining more information about avoiding plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious offense, but many students struggle to avoid it, whether because they simply don't understand how to properly cite sources, are in a panic about turning in an assignment, or have learned from others that plagiarism can be a way to deal with information overload. This online plagiarism workshop attempts to achieve the following objectives:

  • provide the library a chance to help students who need assistance with citation
  • give students the opportunity to learn how to cite properly before being punished for making mistakes
  • allow faculty the ability to reduce plagiarism in their students' work without using valuable class-time

This workshop targets students in 100 and 200 level courses, although it is open to anyone. Please note that if you are taking this workshop for course/extra credit, you will need to complete the workshop in Blackboard. Check your Blackboard homepage for a new course titled "Avoiding Plagiarism." 

If you are a faculty member considering offering this workshop for extra credit for more than 40 students or requiring completion for credit, please contact a librarian (my contact information is to the right) before encouraging students to enroll.

Please use the tabs above to find more information about the workshop.

For faculty interested in offering this workshop as a remedial measure for students who have plagiarized on an assignment, the process would work as follows.

  1. The faculty member identifies that a student has plagiarized on an assignment that is worth less than 25% of his or her grade.
  2. The faculty member tells that student he or she has the opportunity to avoid failing the assignment by attending a library workshop and presenting proof of completion.
  3. The student signs up for the workshop at the link here. If there are any difficulties in the sign-up process please contact Mandi Goodsett.
  4. After the student has completed the workshop AND turned in all required materials, the faculty member will be emailed a certificate from the workshop instructors. We can also send the results of all assessment material to the faculty member.
  5. The student will still need to re-write the original plagiarized paper and turn it in to the faculty member in order to receive credit for it. We are happy to look at the paper and give feedback, but cannot assign a grade.

Please note: a student need not to have committed plagiarism to participate in and benefit from the online workshop.

The workshops will be broken down as follows. Students must complete all modules and accompanying activities to receive a certificate of completion.

  • Module 1: What is plagiarism?
  • Module 2: Why do we cite sources?
  • Module 3: Integrating Sources
  • Module 4: Citation Skills

After attending the workshop, students will be able to …

  • demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism in order to avoid accidentally plagiarizing.
  • articulate why acknowledgement of original thought is important in order to avoid purposefully plagiarizing.
  • give credit to the original ideas of others following the rules of APA or MLA style.
  • skillfully integrate information taken from outside sources into their writing.
  • approach citing sources and consulting citation resources with familiarity and understanding.

How will certificates be awarded?
Once the librarian has received all of the required materials, the student will be emailed a certificate directly from the workshop instructors. The faculty member will be CC’ed on that email if the student entered the professor's name in his/her sign-up form. The faculty member or the student can also request that we send a certificate. We recommend only accepting a certificate sent directly from a workshop instructor.

Can students re-take the workshop?
Students can take the workshop as many times as they would like, but the faculty member will be informed when a student registers for the workshop that he/she has already taken it, and whether or not he/she got a certificate.

Will the workshops only accommodate MLA or APA citation styles?
Yes, currently we only have workshop exercises that relate to MLA and APA—not other citation styles. If a faculty member feels a need for a workshop addressing another style, please let us know.

Can faculty members see the workshop materials so they know what their students are doing?
Certainly! We highly encourage faculty to let us know if they would like to see the workshop materials. We can also enroll faculty in the online course for as long as they would like so they can see how it looks from the student perspective.

Can students who haven’t committed plagiarism be encouraged to attend these workshops?
Yes! All students who would like to attend and receive a certificate of completion are welcome. Offering extra credit to students who have not committed plagiarism as an incentive to attend is encouraged.

Digital Badges

Students who complete portions of this workshop can receive digital badges to acknowledge their new knowledge and skills.

What is a digital badge?
Digital badges are micro-credentials which learning or accomplishments that happen both in the classroom and in less formal settings, like these online workshops. 

What can I do with a digital badge?
Digital badges can be displayed in online portfolios, websites, or LinkedIn profiles (more information on how to add a badge to your LinkedIn profile is here).

Digital Badges

Credly Pro Badge‚Äč

Credly Pro

  • Learning Outcome: Students will create a Credly profile and understand both the library’s digital badge tracks and how to earn badges.
  • Criteria: Create a Credly profile tutorial.

Plagiarism Police Badge

Plagiarism Police

  • Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism in order to avoid accidentally plagiarizing.
  • Criteria: Complete the Case Studies Activity.

Citation Scholar Badge

Citation Scholar

  • Learning Outcome: Students will articulate why acknowledgement of original thought is important in order to avoid purposefully plagiarizing.
  • Criteria: Complete the Famous Examples Activity.

Idea Integrator Badge

Idea Integrator

  • Learning Outcome: Students will skillfully integrate information taken from outside sources into their writing.
  • Criteria: Complete the Integrating Sources Activity.

MLA Master Badge APA Artisan Badge

MLA Master/APA Artisan

  • Learning Outcome: Students will give credit to the original ideas of others following the rules of APA or MLA style. Students will approach citing sources and consulting citation resources with familiarity and understanding.
  • Criteria: Complete the Citing Sources Activity, and the pre- and post-test for the workshop.