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Plagiarism Awareness Week will urge students to ‘Be Original'

Feb 05, 2018


Students will be urged to ‘be original’ when the Library and Students’ Union (USSU) run their first ever Plagiarism Awareness Week from Monday 12 - Friday 16 February.

During the week, there will be pop-up stands and workshops to improve students’ understanding of plagiarism and help them make their work their own. The pop-up stands will be at Clifford Whitworth, MediaCity Library, the B’Hive Learning Space at Allerton and University House all week. Feel free to come down and check out what we’re doing.

As part of the week’s activities we’ll also be raising awareness of our academic misconduct e-learning tool. Developed by the Library and the USSU, this e-learning programme gives expert advice, explains the common mistakes students make and ends with a quiz that assesses how much students have learnt from the tool.

If you’re a lecturer, we’d really love you to embed this tool on your Blackboard course page. This will allow your students to learn from their previous mistakes and avoid them in future. You can find simple instructions on embedding the tool here.

Dan Redfearn, Programme Leader for Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities, did just this last year and claimed that it really benefited his students.

He said: “We saw a real improvement in the use of appropriate academic sources after we included the Library's academic misconduct package on our programme site. In their first level 4 submission, students showed greater skills in using and crediting sources than we have seen in previous years."

As well as raising awareness of our e-learning tool, we’ll also be running a number of workshops that you can direct your students to. You can see these below:

  • Wednesday 14 Feb Plagiarism and how to avoid it - online session. 6pm – 7pm. Book on here
  • Wednesday 14 Feb Referencing your work APA 6th (Harvard) style - face-to-face session. 1pm-3pm. Book on here.
  • Thursday 15 Feb Plagiarism and how to avoid it - online session. 6pm – 7pm. Book on here.

Don’t forget

The Library has lots more information on avoiding plagiarism over on their Skills for Learning webpage. Here’s an outline of some of the other e-learning packages we have available:

  1. All about plagiarism
  2. Academic and essay writing mistakes that can cost you marks
  3. Avoiding plagiarism and getting better marks
  4. Citing it Right: an introduction to referencing