SEWS What it is and why it matters• Assessing how well students’ general writing and information literacy skills are developing.• Graduation requirement to take and pass SEWS credit courses because we expect SEWS: students to be proficient in Sequenced basic writing and research Enhancement of Writing Skills skills.
SEWS & QEP• QEP??? Quality Enhancement Plan• 5-year plan to improve student skills in Information Literacy, demonstrated most through writing• Show Rubric (handout)
Locating Information • Books • Library Databases • Web Sources • Get help from your librarian Dr. Tiffani R. Conner Tiffani.Conner@lmunet.edu
Dr. Tiffani R. Conner, MS, MSIS o 13 years – Academic Libraries o Social Sciences & Information Sciences o Data and GIS Services – Demographics o Nuclear Remediation / Health Physics Research areas: o Adult learning, esp. workplace and training o Rehabilitation education – chronic illness o Self-directed learning and engagement o Information literacy & digital literacy o Assessment and evaluation o Geriatrics
Library Databases • Discipline specific and General • Authoritative Information • Items that cost money from other places (websites) • Overview of Databases at CVL
Evaluating Sources Accuracy Authority Objectivity Are sources of Who is responsible for Are biases clearly stated? Are any political/ ideological information and factual the work and what are agenda hidden to disguise data listed, and their qualifications and its purpose? available for cross- associations, and can Do they use a misleading checking? name or other means to do you verify them? this? Currency Coverage Relevancy How up-to-date is the What is the focus of Does the resource information? the work? actually cover the topic you are researching?
Next Step – Writing Looked for our sources Read and evaluated them Determined which one’s to use Now what…..
Types of Academic Papers CRITICAL ANALYSIS CLAIM A critical analysis ARGUMENT focuses, for example, on how stringently claims and arguments are presented andA claim, in academic terms, how conclusively ideas are An argument presents andis something that is asserted linked. It may also focus on discusses a central or set ofto be true or valid. It must be the style of writing or its related claims. Argumentsbased on factual evidence. literary quality. In factual frequently take the form ofThis must be presented. texts a critical analysis may a discussion of a thesis orAcademics analyze and start with a description of a hypothesis. They often leadevaluate the evidence upon state or event which is then to a discussion ofwhich claims are based. This analyzed and compared to arguments ‘for and against’.includes presentation of other events or interpreted in The result can be aexamples and quotation of terms of a model. A critical synthesis or conclusion.relevant outside sources. analysis frequently leads to an evaluation. Multhaup, U. (n.d.). Principles of academic writing. Retrieved from http://www2.uni- wuppertal.de/FB4/anglistik/multhaup/study_skills/7_study_skill_txt_academic_principles_acad_writing.htm
Academic Papers – Three parts Introduction should clearly state the aim and topic of the paper and give a brief outline of its structure, line of argument or choice of perspective and type of presentation. • Thesis Statement – Purpose/Goals Main body of the text should be divided into sections and sub- sections, indicated using different levels of headings indicating transitions and turns in the discussion. • Body – Support thesis/purpose with evidence – Draw conclusions, support with evidence Summary. This is followed by a reference list containing all the books, articles, and other sources used for producing the paper and quoted in it. • Conclusion section – Tie things up, restate (or reiterate) the thesis/purpose, then illustrate how you achieved the goal
Plagiarism• Plagiarism is using someone else’s words as your own.• Plagiarism occurs when you: – Leave out quotations marks for quotes – Leave out the author’s name, date and page number of the quote – “Rewrite” (a.k.a. paraphrase) too closely to the original Create a handout with examples of text that are/are not plagiarized…go over in class
Examples of Plagiarism& Consequences • Joseph Biden failed a course when he was in law course because he plagiarized a paper. • Writer Alex Haley wrote a novel, and eventually he admitted that he had plagiarized information from a book entitled The African written by Harold Courlander.
Student Examples The The Case The Judgment Perpetrator An Ohio University student was Expelled from the University of Virginia’s College charged with plagiarizing a paper Semester at Sea program. She was forced to because she didn’t cite or paraphrase Student correctly. disembark early and go home. He received a zero on the assignment, which Your average UCSD student who cut caused him to fail the class and he needed to “Tommy and pasted phrases from Internet repeat it. He also had to attend a special Triton” websites into his research paper. workshop. For more information see UCSD’s Policy on Integrity of Scholarship 3 college The university has already disciplined some students faculty members, and it has notified graduates Ohio U. Panel Rules in Plagiarism suspected of plagiarism that they must forfeit Cases of 3 Engineering Students their degrees, contest the charges, or ask to rewrite their theses.
Plagiarizing Articles – Nursing Journals • The Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Perspectives in Psychiatric Care • http://www.ithenticate.com/plagia rism-detection- blog/bid/68824/Professor-Caught- For-Plagiarizing-Articles-in- Nursing-Journals
Let’s avoid any trouble• Each source, quoted, paraphrased, or just helping you with an idea must be cited (in-text and references). – Using a quote – copy the author, date and pg. # – Copying from a website (grab the URL and put it beside your copied section) – Copy/paste the un-formatted information (author, date, title, journal) into a draft references list• FORMAT LATER
ReferencesThe slide show was designed and edited by Laura Angilee Murray for Lincoln MemorialUniversity’s Carnegie-Vincent Library. The text presented in this slide show was compiled byDr. Tiffani R. Conner. A reference list will be added as soon as one is received.Please, remember, neither party takes credit for the content in its entirety and anyplagiarism is unintentional and will be answered by the insertion of a references list.