Friday, 7 November 2014

More from the ARM and questions to Campus Librarians

As you have noted, the annual review meeting of the UR-Sweden Programme for Research, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement resulted in the library sub programme team stressing one of the dimensions of our work, help with anti-plagiarism. This is an area where we have the possiblity to work with other teams, and we have now started talking with both the ICT sub programme and the CIT (instructional teaching) one.

In fact, we are a number of cross cutting programmes, that need to cooperate and try to, together, find out how we best intergrate and harmonize within the University of Rwanda. And.... (read more below by clicking on "read more")...

Team leaders from several sub programmes at the ARM.


Harmonizing is not anything that is of importance only at a sub programme level within the UR-Sweden cooperation. It is crucial for the university libraries.

The campus libraries within the UR, together with the library sub programme, are in a process that aims at harmonizing of services and organisation. Here, it is of great importance to take your experience and and views into consideration. Please think and share with the team as we get back to you -- or e-mail us before that:

As librarians -- what services would you like to have harmonized? Which services do you think that you need at your own campuses? What services do you think ought to or could be administrated centrally?

The campus librarians will have a meeting with the team leaders shortly, where the questions above will be discussed.

Veronica Trépagny and Marguerite Umubyeyi, Team Leaders

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Learn more about anti-plagiarism

In Rwanda you have access to the database ERIC* (the Education Resource Information Center) which is available in the EBSCO Host Research Databases.

ERIC is a good place to start if you want to find information on Academic Integrity (AI) and the work done within higher education to prevent students and staff from plagiarizing. The prevention is both a pedagogical issue and a punitive one, see for instance the article by Griffith, below.

Gunnarsson et al have published an article (not yet in ERIC) which describes how an anti-plagiarism component has been integrated in a Research methodology course. The article can be found in a journal which you in Rwanda have access to through the Research4Life** program.

Griffith, J., 2013. Pedagogical over Punitive: The Academic Integrity Websites of Ontario Universities. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 43(1), pp. 1–22.

Gunnarsson, J., Kulesza, W.J. & Pettersson, A., 2014. Teaching International Students How to Avoid Plagiarism: Librarians and Faculty in Collaboration. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(3–4), pp. 413–417.

*ERIC contains over 1,3 million records - but remember that not all of them are accessible in full text.
** Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content. online. Research4Life is the collective name for the programs HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI.

/Anna Stockman