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Academic Honesty at Oxford College of Emory University


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A presentation about academic honesty and avoiding plagiarism at Oxford College of Emory University

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Academic Honesty at Oxford College of Emory University

  1. 1. ACADEMIC HONESTY AT OXFORD COLLEGE OF EMORY UNIVERSITY Mary Moser, Learning Commons Librarian August 23, 2010
  2. 2. ACADEMIC HONESTY <ul><li>A commitment to fairness and respect </li></ul><ul><li>We trust that you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will do your own work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will acknowledge the work of others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take pride in your work! </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY <ul><li>Words, ideas, research, thoughts, artwork, music, videos: These all have OWNERSHIP </li></ul>
  4. 4. PLAGIARISM <ul><li>In the United States, using another person’s intellectual property unfairly is considered STEALING </li></ul>
  5. 5. ACADEMIC HONESTY AT OXFORD COLLEGE <ul><li>See what Oxford students have to say about academic honesty and plagiarism. </li></ul>
  6. 6. WAYS TO AVOID PLAGIARISM <ul><li>Citations : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IN-TEXT CITATION: In her article about using humor in library instruction, Billie Walker (2006) notes, “One of the challenges facing the teaching librarian is in reaching students, particularly when they are tired and unmotivated” (p. 123) . </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. WAYS TO AVOID PLAGIARISM <ul><li>References: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>REFERENCE IN A BIBLIOGRAPHY: Walker, B.E. (2006). Using humor in library instruction.  Reference Services Review, 34 (1), 117-128. doi: 1023512501. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The in-text citation points to the correct reference in the bibliography </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. WAYS TO AVOID PLAGIARISM <ul><li>Citation Styles : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardized rules for formatting your bibliographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures that all bibliographies are consistent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different styles: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>American Psychological Association (APA) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modern Language Association (MLA) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chicago Manual of Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Turabian Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Council of Science Editors (CSE) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your professor which one to use </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. WHY WE CITE <ul><li>To give credit to the people whose words and ideas you are using </li></ul><ul><li>To distinguish other people's ideas from your own </li></ul><ul><li>To make your argument stronger by using supporting evidence from other sources </li></ul><ul><li>To allow people reading your work to verify your claims and get additional information </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHAT NOT TO CITE <ul><li>Your own words, ideas, or original research.  </li></ul><ul><li>Common Knowledge : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>facts that are found in many sources Barack Obama is the only US President who was born in Hawaii. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>things that are easily observed Weekends are busy times at movie theaters. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>common sayings Every cloud has a silver lining. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. WHAT TO CITE <ul><li>Any words, ideas, or artwork taken from another person </li></ul><ul><li>Direct quotes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Film director Guy Ritchie states, “My marriage to Madonna is fine” (Huver, 2008). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paraphrasing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The authors cite Murray, who argues that teacher enthusiasm is the strongest predictor of instructional outcomes as well as a key factor in motivating students to pursue further learning (as cited in Jacobson and Xu, 2002, p. 428). </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. SCENARIOS <ul><li>With a partner… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide whether or not the following situations are examples of plagiarism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain why or why not </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. SCENARIO 1 <ul><li>In your essay, you include a paragraph of information that you found in a book. You do not cite the information because you changed the order of the sentences, changed some of the words, and added your own sentences. </li></ul>
  14. 14. SCENARIO 2 <ul><li>You combine paragraphs of information from several different encyclopedias. You do not cite this information, because you were told that information in encyclopedias is considered “common knowledge” and does not need to be cited. </li></ul>
  15. 15. SCENARIO 3 <ul><li>Your professor tells you that you may work on an assignment with a partner. You and your classmate study together, compare your notes from the class, and offer each other advice on your assignments. You both turn in separate assignments that are different from the other. </li></ul>
  16. 16. SCENARIO 4 <ul><li>You copy and paste a sentence from a website into your paper. Since the website does not list an author, you do not list a citation for the sentence. </li></ul>
  17. 17. SCENARIO 5 <ul><li>In an essay for English class, you quote an expert on the short story you are studying. You give a citation for the quoted information, but then you write your own interpretation of what you think the expert is saying. </li></ul>
  18. 18. SCENARIO 6 <ul><li>You did not attend an Oxford Studies event, so you borrow your friend’s notes from the event and use them to write your own paper for Oxford studies. </li></ul>
  19. 19. RESOURCES <ul><li>LIBRARIANS : Ask Us! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text Message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant Message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-Person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online contact form </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. RESOURCES <ul><li>YOUR PROFESSORS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are here to help you! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions BEFORE the assignment is due, not after… </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. RESOURCES <ul><li>WRITING CENTER: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>East Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find it online: Current Students  Academics  Academic Success </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. RESOURCES <ul><li>On the Internet: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oxford Library  Conduct Research  Plagiarism and Academic Honesty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purdue OWL for English as a Second Language (ELS) Students </li></ul></ul>