What Type of Support Do Librarians Provide to Faculty in Detecting or Preventing Plagiarism?
Librarians work in partnership with faculty to support student learning and teach proper research skills. The librarians at York work with faculty to avoid plagiarism but do not have a formal system for detecting plagiarism. If requested they can assist help identify specific instances of plagiarism.
Faculty are encouraged to consult with a librarian subject specialist when creating student assignments. Librarians will work with faculty to review the resources available in their subject discipline, and can suggest ways these resources can be incorporated in to course assignments.
For more information and suggested assignments please see the following webpage created by librarians Jody Warner and Kalina Grewal
Librarians also teach students advanced research skills and the importance of academic integrity through the reference desk and library instruction sessions. While these methods have not ended plagiarism, they help minimize academic dishonesty. Concrete research skills and education about the importance of sound research to academic work help empower students to engage in their own research and writing. Student stress and anxiety is minimized, and the temptation to plagiarize diminishes.