Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) (45th : 2016)

Academic integrity & plagiarism : The Librarian’s Role in Encouraging AI and Preventing Plagiarism Hendrix, Beth


When many students enter higher education, they bring with them the notion that information is free – a result of sharing and borrowing in the online experience. As trusted and impartial members of the campus community, librarians play an important role in dispelling this notion by integrating anti-plagiarism techniques into information literacy instruction sessions. This is the case at the University of Idaho, where information literacy is embedded in the core English course for first-year students. But instead of framing the topic as academic dishonesty, we rebranded our plagiarism module as “Characteristics of Academic Integrity” and elevated our focus from simply how to avoid plagiarism but why it matters. Using the concepts that information has value and scholarship is a conversation, we designed an instruction module that highlights honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility in scholarly research; emphasizes the responsibilities inherent in academic writing; integrates with information literacy concepts; and aligns with university goals for student learning. This talk outlines our step-by-step process for developing and delivering our Academic Integrity module, including strategies for integrating key information literacy concepts, and activities for helping students identify information that should be cited in their research.

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