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The librarian's role in combating plagiarism

The librarian's role in combating plagiarism Purpose – The paper aims to discuss the ways in which librarians of different types are addressing the issue of plagiarism at the institutional and pedagogical levels. Design/methodology/approach – A 25‐question non‐quantitative online survey was conducted regarding: the institutional role of librarians in plagiarism prevention; the collaborations among librarians and instructors in helping students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it; and the interactions among librarians and students involved in combating plagiarism. Findings – More than 90 percent of the 610 respondents report that they have assisted students with citing sources. Over 70 percent have instructed students about plagiarism in class. Approximately a quarter have collaborated with other departments regarding plagiarism, conducted or attended workshops on plagiarism, worked with instructors to redesign assignments, or helped faculty with tracking possible instances of student plagiarism. Research limitations/implications – This paper reports on a survey which is not statistically valid. The results of this survey, however, can shed light on the librarian's role to date in combating plagiarism and suggest future directions. Practical implications – This survey reports what librarians are doing to address plagiarism at all levels, and it reflects what is being practiced in the field. Originality/value – While many librarians have written about plagiarism strategies, this national survey focuses on the work of librarians at the institutional and pedagogical levels. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Services Review Emerald Publishing

The librarian's role in combating plagiarism

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0090-7324
DOI
10.1108/00907321111108169
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper aims to discuss the ways in which librarians of different types are addressing the issue of plagiarism at the institutional and pedagogical levels. Design/methodology/approach – A 25‐question non‐quantitative online survey was conducted regarding: the institutional role of librarians in plagiarism prevention; the collaborations among librarians and instructors in helping students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it; and the interactions among librarians and students involved in combating plagiarism. Findings – More than 90 percent of the 610 respondents report that they have assisted students with citing sources. Over 70 percent have instructed students about plagiarism in class. Approximately a quarter have collaborated with other departments regarding plagiarism, conducted or attended workshops on plagiarism, worked with instructors to redesign assignments, or helped faculty with tracking possible instances of student plagiarism. Research limitations/implications – This paper reports on a survey which is not statistically valid. The results of this survey, however, can shed light on the librarian's role to date in combating plagiarism and suggest future directions. Practical implications – This survey reports what librarians are doing to address plagiarism at all levels, and it reflects what is being practiced in the field. Originality/value – While many librarians have written about plagiarism strategies, this national survey focuses on the work of librarians at the institutional and pedagogical levels.

Journal

Reference Services ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 15, 2011

Keywords: Plagiarism; Librarians; Education; Library instruction

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