Plagiarism. Cheating. Academic misconduct. For new students adjusting to the demands of university level studies, these can be unsettling and sometimes confusing concepts. This is why the Library has worked closely with the Office of Academic Integrity to help students learn the key concepts of academic integrity in a way that is positive and upbeat.
To do so, librarians Christine Jewell and Leeanne Romane developed an academic integrity tutorial this fall entitled Orientation to Academic Integrity for First Year Students. Illustrated in graphic novel-style by Sara LeBlanc from UW Graphics, the tutorial provides first year students with a positive orientation to academic integrity that is focused on learning and education.
As Jewell explains, “the graphic novel-style aims to make academic integrity concepts more accessible and engaging for students while still getting across all the key messages.”
The tutorial examines some of the common pitfalls that students encounter in their studies and highlights the principles of academic integrity as they apply in different scenarios, such as when writing exams, completing assignments, and collaborating with others. It is accessible through the Library’s website: www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/ait.