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:
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.
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.
After attending the workshop, students will be able to …
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.
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).
MLA Master/APA Artisan