Collaborating with librarians is the second in a series of blog posts aimed at addressing plagiarism and how to prevent it in your classes. See the first in the series regarding assignment design, written by Jo Ann Vogt. Future posts in this series will cover how to discuss plagiarism with your students, procedures for following up on suspected cases of plagiarism, and useful resources to share with your students. Subscribe today to not miss out on any of these posts.
At IU, our librarians can assist you in the assignment design process by helping you decide the focus, scale, and scaffolding of your assignment or research project. Breaking assignments into smaller segments not only helps students with their time management skills, but also helps reduce the occurrence of plagiarism.
Librarians can also help students develop research practice workflows, allowing them to begin to view themselves as researchers. You and your students can consult with a librarian about your research topic and develop a research plan. See the Developing a Research Workflow Handout for more details.
Subject area librarians can also create customized research guides for your course that can be integrated into “Research Help” link in your Canvas course. A librarian can visit your class to talk about software and tools available to help students maintain, add to, and back up their research, including the saving of notes and automatic addition of citations to their work.
For more details about these resources and others, contact Meg Meiman, Head of Teaching & Learning. The Teaching & Learning Department has information literacy grants you can apply for if you want to collaborate with library faculty in redesigning a course. If you have any questions about plagiarism prevention, do not hesitate to contact us. CITL consultants are happy to assist you with your instructional needs.
Plagiarism Blog Series:
- Designing Assignments to Promote Academic Honesty
- Collaborate with Librarians to Help Your Students Develop Their Research Workflow
- What is Plagiarism and How Do I Talk with Students about It?
- Truth, Then Consequences: When Plagiarism Is Reported at IU
- Resources to Help Minimize Plagiarism in Your Course