N. Use Information Ethically

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1. Problem
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2. Expected Learning Outcomes

In order to avoid plagiarism, after going through an online information literacy tutorial or an exercise, all students will be able to...

  • describe why to cite
  • identify correctly paraphrased and cited material in an exercise
  • distinguish among three or more different types of materials
  • cite those materials correctly, using an assigned citation style
  • arrange those citations in correct alphabetical order

3. Methods
    Note: See also slide shows for 1-unit undergraduate IL course class session on plagiarism and citing sources.

Exercise--in-class or homework (5-10 min.)

Ask students to complete "Which is Which" exercise. (See "Exercises and Handouts" tab for copy of exercise.)

Video and Game--in-class (5-10+ min.)

Rutgers University's plagiarism video and game

As a small group exercise:

  • Ask students to pair, play the video and game, and note which questions they answered incorrectly.
  • For each question, ask for a show of hands re who answered it correctly.
  • If a number of students answered a particular question incorrectly, use that as an opportunity to discuss that question and answer with the class.

As a large group exercise:

  • Play the video and game projected on a screen at the front of the class.
  • Ask the group to vote on the correct answer for each question.
  • If the majority vote for an incorrect answer, use that as an opportunity to discuss that question and answer with the group.

Online tutorial
Learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it: "Road to Research: Road Etiquette: Plagiarism" (lessons and interactive exercises)

The following sites allow you to fill in a form, submit, and get a formatted citation. 

WARNING! Be sure to check results with MLA and APA official styles to be sure they are accurate and up to date--e.g., 6th edition of APA Citation Style (2009)

  • Citation Machine
    Type in the parts of the citation and submit to see citation style for MLA and APA bibliographies. Also provides in-text reference style.
  • KnightCite 
    First select the citation style (MLA, APA or Chicago). Then, identify the type of item, fill out the form, and submit to see citations in MLA, APA and Chicago styles.
  • Zotero 
    Firefox add-on that allows you to capture meta-data (information regarding items you are viewing online). Zotero stores that information in folders and then allows you to output it in bibliographies, using any of a variety of citation styles.
Additional helpful sites include: 
4. Assessment
Note: Links above are to archived copies of exercise pages in the Internet Archive, as the "Road to Research" is temporarily unavailable as of 16 Sep 2015 due to revision work on the UCLA Social Sciences Computing Center's website.

 In addition, this tutorial has not been maintained by the UCLA Library since Summer 2011, and some portions may be out of date. It is used here as an example.
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