Faculty Perceptions of Plagiarism: Insight for Librarians' Information Literacy Programs
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Faculty Perceptions of Plagiarism: Insight for Librarians' Information Literacy Programs

Journal
College & Research Libraries
Pub Date
Sep 1, 2018
Author(s)
Russell Michalak MLIS
Monica D.T. Rysavy Ph.D. Ed.D.
Kevin Hunt
Bernice Smith
Joel Worden
Type
πŸ“’ Journal Article
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Abstract

Using a survey modified fromΒ The Plagiarism HandbookΒ (Harris, 2001, p. 39), the research team surveyed all undergraduate and graduate faculty (n=79) teaching during the Fall 2016 semester at a small private college in the United States. With a final survey response rate of 59.5% (n=47), the researchers learned that while the faculty's definitions of plagiarism fluctuated, overall faculty definitions paralleled the official definition of plagiarism at this institution. Furthermore, the researchers learned that the vast majority of faculty, 74% (n=35), do not currently invite library staff into their classrooms to teach students how to avoid plagiarism. Given this finding, this study indicates that there was an opportunity for librarians to collaborate with faculty to develop new information literacy and plagiarism deterrent resources. These were intended to support faculty teaching and to additionally market the existing online information literacy training modules, previously developed as part of the authors’ Information Literacy Assessment (ILA) program.