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Academic Integrity - Referencing, Citation & Avoiding Plagiarism: Academic Integrity Tutorials

This guide explains what referencing and citation is and how to use the APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Vancouver Styles. It includes links to each style guide.

Academic Integrity Course - Brightspace Explore Module

UCD Library has developed an introductory Academic Integrity Course with support from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. This course introduces you to the core principles of academic integrity in writing, citing and referencing. Understanding these principles will increase your confidence in academic writing and will help you avoid accidentally plagiarising. The course has three sections, an interactive tutorial, a quiz and a certificate. Follow these steps to take the course and achieve your certificate. Chrome is recommended for completion of this course.

Instructions for Academic Staff using the course with students can be found here.

 

Instructions for Students on Course completion

1. Enroll in the Module

  • Go to the UCD Connect and log in to Brightspace. Then search for Academic Integrity.
  • Select the blue Enroll in Course button.
  • A message will appear advising that you have Successfully Enrolled
  • To access the course, navigate back to your Brightspace home page by clicking on the UCD Crest on the top left of your page. Select the All tab under My Modules. The Academic Integrity Course will be listed here.
  • Further details on how to enroll in this Brightspace Explore module are available here.

 

2. Complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial (45-60 min work)

  • You can complete the interactive tutorial section in stages or all in one go.
  • You will be required to complete the tutorial in sequence for the first time.   
  • After that you can revisit the tutorial in any order to refresh your understanding.

 

3. Complete the quiz (10 min work) 

  • The quiz will become available on completion of all four sections of the tutorial. 
  • Questions will present randomly, so that questions you are given to answer may be different to those of a classmate.
  • To pass and receive your Certificate you must achieve 80%. You can retake the quiz as many times as you need. You will only need to retake questions from the section you got wrong. Note that the questions may differ each time due to random selection.

 

4. On successful completion of the quiz you will receive a Certificate of achievement. 

  • To get your certificate go to your Brightspace Homepage. Next select My Brightspace, then Awards. Your certificate will always be available for download as a PDF in this space.
  • To save a copy as evidence of successful completion, click the Certificate, then select Generate Certificate. A PDF will be downloaded which you should save. This PDF can be submitted to modules on Brightspace when requested by module coordinators or used as evidence beyond university. Further details available here.
  • You only need to complete the course once and you can reuse your certificate as required for different modules.
  • Follow the instructions from module coordinators on how they would like you to submit the certificate as evidence of completion.
  • Important: If submitting the PDF version of your certificate to a module on Brightspace, ensure you upload it as a separate file to that of your assignment. Otherwise it may be interpreted as plagiarized text.

When taking the course, ensure you read all instructions in Brightspace carefully, especially those on accessing your Certificate.

UCD Library Academic Integrity Guide 
After completing the course, you can use UCD Library’s Academic Integrity Guide to cite and reference when creating assignments or other academic work.

Instructions for Academic Staff using the course with students can be found here.
    

Introduction to Academic Integrity

Click the image below to view our quick introduction to the concepts of academic integrity, referencing, citation and avoiding plagiarism (duration: 4 mins). 

 

Note: This is only a short introduction. It is not the Academic Integrity Course which awards a certificate for completion. That is available in the box above this one.

APA Tutorial

APA Tutorial

This is an Introductory APA Style tutorial on how to cite and reference using this style. It is aimed at those who are brand new to citing and referencing.

Chicago Style Tutorial - basic Introduction

Chicago Style Tutorial

This is an Introductory Chicago Style tutorial on how to cite and reference using this style. It is aimed at those who are brand new to citing and referencing. 

Harvard Tutorial

Harvard Tutorial

This is an introductory Harvard Style tutorial on citing and referencing. It is aimed at those who are brand new to referencing.

Note: If you are in a place where you cannot access YouTube, email Josh Clark (joshua.clark@ucd.ie) to request the MP4 version of this tutorial.

MLA Tutorial

MLA Tutorial

This is an introductory MLA Style tutorial on citing and referencing. It is aimed at those who are brand new to referencing.

Vancouver Tutorial

Vancouver Tutorial

This is an introductory Vancouver Style tutorial on citing and referencing. It is aimed at those who are brand new to referencing.

Note: If you are in a place where you cannot access YouTube, email Josh Clark (joshua.clark@ucd.ie) to request the MP4 version of this tutorial.