Producing and communicating

Engaging with wider academic conversations to advance knowledge is a key element of the purpose of universities. Academic staff can encourage learners to engage in these conversations as they learn to distil and synthesise ideas, organise their thoughts and write coherently. Subject librarians contribute through guidance on why and how to acknowledge others’ ideas, through citing and referencing and being mindful of intellectual property and, where appropriate, advising on where their ideas can be best communicated.

I…

…include other people’s ideas with appropriate acknowledgement.

…share what i find and produce appropriately, taking account of issues of intellectual property.

…publish my work with a view to making the biggest impact.

Skills Examples
I can… …critically appraise content and assess its value for the task at hand. Appraise article individually (pre-workshop preparation?), and discuss as group.
…acknowledge other people’s ideas and words through citing in my text and providing a full reference, using an appropriate style. Provide scanned images from title pages of a book, and/or images from a journal article, and/or a URL so they can look at a specific website. Ask students to pick out the relevant elements needed for a reference and write it in the correct referencing style (using the PDF guide to help). Provide extracts from essays and references lists from past students in School and in pairs/groups ask students to get their red pens out and identify mistakes/list reasons why the students lost marks. Then feedback to whole group/discuss.
…select appropriate routes to publishing my work as open access. Open access should be discussed with staff and researchers at inductions and made aware of the resources available to them.
…determine the impact of journals. Exercise: use ISI journal citation reports to find the top journals in your field.
…identify appropriate repositories for storing information about my data.
Select appropriate licences for my work.
Awareness Examples
I am aware of… …that different types of information can be shared in different ways.
…of what constitutes plagiarism and the important of avoiding it. Provide example(s) of an original text and then student text based on this alongside the original (could be from ILRB Avoiding Plagiarism exercise, or from past student work in own School). Students look at pieces of text in pairs/groups of 3 and discuss whether or not it is plagiarism. Then feedback to whole group/discuss.
…of issues of intellectual property and data protection in relation to sharing both my own and others’ content
…of the advantages and limitations of different publishing models for disseminating my work to create impact and meet any funder’s requirements.