by Kim Priesmeyer
We’re all writing teachers, even if you teach business, history, or psychology, because we all assign papers in our classes. Therefore, we will all be called to help students identify and use sources well in their writing. The challenge is that many of our students are unprepared for this task, and they need our guidance.
First, provide as many guidelines as possible for their papers that require sources. Take class time to teach students how to write an outline of their ideas, how to search for sources using the Belhaven databases, and how to use turnitin through Canvas as a “test drive” for their writing. My webinar discussed how to implement structure into the research process so you’re setting up students for success.
Also, share important “tips of the trade” with students using the handout I’ve designed. Many of our students don’t know how to select material to cite or how to integrate source material into their writing. These are universal skills that students will need in every college course they take, so practicing this in class is time well spent. Most of our students want to become better writers and want to use sources accurately and effectively, so taking a few extra steps can help students achieve success.
You can find the webinar Kim presented on this topic here: Plagiarism: Helping Your Students Avoid It.
Kim Priesmeyer, M.A.
Associate Professor of English
Belhaven University, Houston Campus