Academic Integrity at the University of Maryland University College
The University of Maryland University College works to address
the issues of plagiarism and academic integrity across its curriculum by providing
tools and resources for both students and faculty through three institutional
offices: Information and Library Services (ILS), the Effective Writing Center
(EWC), and the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP). These offices share twin
goals: 1) arming students with the means to avoid accusations of plagiarism;
and 2) assisting faculty in teaching about AI and detecting and preventing plagiarism.
This web page attempts to give UMUC students and faculty a central
location to access the wealth of tools, guides, and resources available through
Tutorials, Tools and Other Learning Objects
You will find that the various tutorials available at UMUC successfully
complement one another rather than provide redundancy. The VAIL tutorial
provides a solid introduction to the concept of academic integrity in
scholarly writing and an overview of the many facets of the issue, including
plagiarism in student writing and proper citation. The remaining tutorials
focus on specific issues that can assist a student in avoiding accusations
of plagiarism and cover the respective topics in detail.
- VAIL Tutor
The VAIL Tutor provides an overview of academic integrity concepts and
practical tips for avoiding plagiarism. Students will be introduced
to proper documentation practices and academic integrity policies. After
successful completion of the included online quiz, an electronic Certificate
of Successful Completion is displayed on the screen and e-mailed to
a user or their professor if the address is provided. In reviewing the
VAIL Tutorial, Leslie Murtha writes in the text titled The Plagiarism
Plague, "The graphics, animation, and music are slick and professional...
the context of the tutorial is relatively demanding, forcing students
to deal with ambiguities and contextual issues.".
- Please note: Module 3 of the VAIL Tutor reflects the MLA Handbook for Writer of Research Papers (7th edition) and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This fall, please see UMUC ILS Citation Resources (http://umuc.edu/library/citationguides.shtml) for 2009 updates to the MLA & APA citation styles.
to Avoid Plagiarism
This self-study tutorial describes three ways to use source material
(quote it, paraphrase it, or summarize it), three essential techniques
for managing source materials (introduce it, cite it, and list a reference
to it), and eight important guidelines to help you avoid plagiarism
mistakes. There is a short quiz (The Plagiarism Post-Test) at the end
of the tutorial. If you answer every question correctly, youll
receive a "Certificate of Completion."
Citation Explained Tutorial
Learn how to identify the parts of a citation using articles, books
and Web pages; then format the information in correct APA style. Includes
interactive exercises. Please Note: The Flash version requires the Macromedia
Citation Style Simplified
Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is widely used in the
study of languages, literature, and the humanities. Learn when to cite,
how to cite within your papers, how to find bibliographic information
in different materials, and how to create a works-cited page. Includes
interactive exercises to test your mastery of this formatting style.
- Research Skills
This online tutorial is designed to assist UMUC students by reviewing
general research skills and introducing specific resources available
to them. There is a short discussion of plagiarism.
The University has a license agreement with Turnitin.com, a service
that helps prevent plagiarism from Internet resources. Its online tools
include a plagiarism prevention system and peer review forum. Students
may be assigned by their faculty to submit their assignments to this
service. UMUC faculty wishing to use this service should consult the
Plagiarism and Turnitin.com
FAQ and the Faculty
Guidelines for Using Turnitin.com. Accounts and UMUC's access to
this service is maintained by ILS.
In addition to the VAIL tutorial and the primers, the CIP offers several
video vignettes to help faculty introduce and discuss the issue of academic
integrity with their students. The vignettes can be linked to any WebTycho
classroom with a simple URL. See the "Learning
Objects" web page for more details.
Created by the CIP, maintained by ILS
Created and maintained by EWC
and maintained by ILS
This project was developed by the Center for Intellectual
Property at UMUC. Currently maintained by Information and Library Services.
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