This refers to support for staff doing coursework such as essays, assignments, or postgraduate qualifications.
From September 2019 the Library Network will support staff doing further/postgraduate study by offering tailored training sessions. The training offered will be tailored to the user’s topic, search requirements and skill set and will help them to run their own searches.
We will no longer offer literature searches to support coursework. The reason is that if you get a search done for you, and references selected for you from the evidence base, then that member of library staff has done part of the work on the assignment for you. This is a form of plagiarism.
All universities have information for their students on the importance of avoiding plagiarism in their work. The University of Glasgow’s information includes the following points:
"All of the following are against University rules:
- submitting work containing quotes or ideas taken from someone else’s work, or similar wording to someone else’s work without referencing that other work. Even incomplete acknowledgement or poor referencing can constitute plagiarism
- submitting work written by someone else, but presenting this as your own work
- inappropriate collaboration with others (collusion)
- submitting work which has been copied from somewhere else – this also includes where text has been replicated by retyping"
Source: University of Glasgow. Plagiarism.
For more training resources, see the NES Literature Searching Modules.