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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 45

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Poster Board Number: 45
Title: The Plagiarism Project
Objective: Students today have grown up copying and pasting information from the Internet and may be unaware of citation and attribution rules. Concerned by the increasing use of unattributed material in dissertations, the dean of the graduate school asked librarians to educate students about the risks and consequences of plagiarism.
Setting: Academic library serving a school of medicine, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, and a graduate school of psychology.
Participants: Students in the graduate programs in biomedical sciences, doctoral candidates, first-year students, second-year students.
Program: Librarians took a three-tiered approach for each group: research guide, lecture, and hands-on training. Librarians created a research guide to help graduate students navigate the process of dissertation preparation. It covers locating literature, selecting research methods and techniques, collecting and formatting references using EndNote, writing style and presentation, finding information on submitting theses, and finding the right journal in which to publish. Librarians were invited speakers at the weekly graduate seminar series. Lectures were tailored to the needs of three separate groups of students at different stages in their graduate studies. Lectures were followed by small-group workshops. In these hands-on sessions, librarians provided training in EndNote and answered other related questions.
Results: Research Guide: Frequent usage indicated students found guide helpful. Lectures: Mixed reviews from survey results provided insight into how to refine future lectures to better meet students’ needs. Labs/Workshops: Poor attendance due to scheduling conflicts, late announcements, and open-ended nature of topic in initial sessions. Attendance improved when the topic was honed and workshops were announced in advance. An unexpected benefit was that librarians gained a better understanding of the graduate programs, which will enhance future collaboration.
Conclusions: Research guide will be updated regularly. Future lectures will focus on issues specific to scientific writing, provide concrete examples, and address concerns of non-native English speakers. Workshops will be dedicated to EndNote training and announced a week in advance. Project will be expanded and customized to meet the needs of other graduate programs at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Authors: Karen Sorensen, Reference Librarian; Nancy R. Glassman, AHIP, Systems Librarian; Racheline G. Habousha, Head, Public Services; Aurelia Minuti, Head, Reference Department; Rachel Schwartz, Reference Librarian; D. Samuel Gottesman Library; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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