October 2020 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

October 2020 Site of the Month: Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources, Beginning Your Research Journey, Finding a Research Mentor or Project
Interview with: Kian Ravaei, Jacy Black, Renee Romero, and Doug Worsham
Interviewer: Natalie Mahan

Project Description: 

UCLA WI+RE’s (Writing Instruction + Research Education) “Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources” is an interactive workshop designed to help students identify three key steps for avoiding plagiarism: (1) knowing how to cite, (2) knowing when to cite, (3) knowing how to directly quote, paraphrase, and summarize. In addition, the workshop helps learners articulate potential consequences of plagiarism and identify instances of plagiarism. 

The “Beginning Your Research Journey” workshop prepares learners for research by helping them (1) articulate the nature of research, (2) explore activities involved in research, (3) define goals for research, and (4) brainstorm their own research interests. The workshop was created in collaboration with UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Centers and was adapted from their face-to-face workshops. “Beginning Your Research Journey” showcases the diverse researchers and research projects and features real narratives and profiles of student researchers.

The “Finding a Research Mentor or Project” workshop aims to help learners identify potential research mentors and projects related to their research interests. The workshop introduces three strategies for finding a research mentor or project: (1) browsing a university departmental website, (2) asking others about research opportunities, and (3) utilizing UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Portal. Although this workshop covers a few programs that are specific to UCLA, its main focus is on general strategies for finding research opportunities, which can apply to learners at any university.

These online workshops use the H5P course presentation platform, and contain interactive videos, multiple choice questions, and free response activities. These activities allow learners to engage with the content and assess their learning in real time.

The full interview is available here.

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

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