Information seeking and use by secondary students: The link between good practice and the avoidance of plagiarism.

Christina (Kirsty) Williamson, Joy McGregor, Alyson Archibald, Jen Sullivan

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Abstract

The article reports Phase 1 of a two-year study, the focus of which was the seeking and use of information by students at various stages of their secondary education. The project used a large qualitative sample selected from four Australian schools and was undertaken during 2006 as part of a wider project concerned with creative and effective use of information so that plagiarism can be avoided. The field work included observation of students undertaking an assignment, two interviews with students and the analysis of the completed assignments. Topics covered and reported, in the context of the available literature, include: preferences for information sources, self-perception of information skills, help from other people, trust in and perceived reliability of sources, attitudes to information seeking, recording and use of information, and attribution of information sources. Criteria for 'good practice' include the avoidance of plagiarism by students, general attitudes to information seeking and use, and awareness of the need for an evaluative, critical approach to information. The responses of the students who plagiarised most are examined towards the end of the article. The discussion and conclusion explore the issues in greater depth, provide recommendations for future improvements, and outline the remaining two phases of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalSchool Library Media Research
Volume10
Issue number2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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