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Information Literacy: Module 5- Citation and Plagiarism

Introduction to the ACRL Information Literacy support provided by the Albright Library.

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Albright College is committed to maintaining the highest standards of information literacy and creative thinking in both its curriculum and its campus culture. The Albright College Gingrich Library provides comprehensive information literacy modules and works diligently with faculty to intergrate the standards set forth by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Mission Statement

Assignments -- Asignments, IL Modules and IL tutorials 

ACRL Framework--The new ACRL Framework that replaces the standards

The Old Standards- the ACRL division of the American Library Association has set the highest standards for College and University level Information Literacy. These standards have since been rescinded and replaced with the ACRL Framework.

Getting Assistance -- Who to contact to get assistance.

Module 5- Citation and Plagiarism


To introduce students to a specific citation style (APA, MLA, etc) and promote an understanding of plagiarism policies and the use of intellectual property


The student will:

  • Understand their subject specific citation style (APA, MLA, etc.)
  • Understand what constitutes plagiarism and be aware of the college’s academic expectations and academic honesty policy
  • Have a general understanding of intellectual property and the use of copyrighted material        

Sample Lesson Plan:

1.The instructor will distribute the “Plagiarism and how to Avoid it” handout and an APA/ MLA citation brochure to the class.

2. The instructor will explain the differences between paraphrasing and quotations, and outline how citation style help to ensure that plagiarism does not take place.

3. The instructor will show two examples of plagiarized work and compare and contrast the two to facilitate understanding and integration of the information from the handout.

Sample Grading Rubric for Module #5:

Performance factor


(Level 4)


(Level 3)


(Level 2)


(Level 1)

Demonstrates an understanding of plagiarism and academic honesty policies and the ability to correctly cite resources based on an established Style (i.e. APA, MLA, etc.)

-Has a firm understanding of what constitutes plagiarism

-Can effectively identify information that needs to be cited from resource

-Can cite materials both in-text and in a bibliographic format

-Can utilize database export functions to create bibliographic citations manually or through software 


- Has a understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and academic dishonesty

- Can effectively identify information that needs to be cited from resource

-Can effectively cite materials in-text and in bibliographic

- Has a understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and academic dishonesty

- Can cite materials in-text and in research bibliographic format

--Requires assistance in identifying information that must be cited

-Does not have a firm grasp of in-text or bibliographic citation rules



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Lindsay Sakmann
Instructional Services &Outreach Librarian

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