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Posts Tagged ‘plagiarism

queenofthesouthseas-800pxWho would have thought that plagiarism would hit the news in such a big way? But it has – in US politics. This summer Melania Trump delivered a speech which lifts whole phrases from a speech made by Michelle Obama in 2008. Don’t take our word for it though, compare the speeches yourselves and see what you think:

Melania Trump convention speech seems to plagiarise Michelle Obama

It’s so important to put the time into making what you have to say creative and choose whom you quote. If you are using someone else’s words, transform them and develop new ideas. What comes across is that Melania Trump wasn’t given enough guidance and support to be able to put her own opinion and character into her speech. It’s a lesson in plagiarism: don’t parrot something without questioning and citing where those words come from originally.

For more help with using others’ words and ideas, there is a new edition of ‘Cite Them Right’ is available soon.

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Library display at Northampton CollegeLast week the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team attended the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) roadshow on Information Literacy at Northampton College. As well as having a tour of the Beacon award winning Library we took part in some practical sessions on referencing material.

Back in the day of the LRC team referencing was easy – books, journals and newspapers. These days our students need to reference not only their tutors notes but also blogs, images on the Web, wikis, discussion forums and more!

Our session by Abigail Cuthbertson from Huntingdonshire Regional College  on Using Xerte for esafety and information literacy got us being the students working our way through how to reference and avoid plagiarising material. Abigail put us on to Anglia Ruskin University Library’s Harvard System – a handy web page guide to referencing your research. Find out more about the work Abigail has done on information literacy on her Slideshare presentation Huntingdonshire Regional College’s Journey with Information Literacy and  E-safety.

Woman Studying

Before the Christmas break we ordered in copies of the Palgrave Pocket Study Skills books which are a set of dinky books helping students with:

  • reading and making notes
  • planning essays
  • writing
  • referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • passing exams
  • doing search
  • studying with dyslexia
  • writing reports
  • thinking critically
  • managing time
  • working well in groups.

You can find them all listed on our Online Public Access Catalogue onsite and offsite.

What’s fantastic about these is you can buy audio formats of these books too. Visit the Palgrave Macmillan website for more information. We’d love to be able to offer this format to our students…

There’s also a host of useful information to help you study better oon the Palgrave Study Skills website.


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