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On August 25 and 26 I participated in two orientation sessions for the incoming class of first year students at the School of Divinity. While I have done a library orientation session every year since the inaugural year of 1999, this was the first year that I was asked to also do a presentation on plagiarism during the first day of orientation.
After asking for advice from Molly and Roz on content, and adopting the Lauren P. method for PowerPoint presentations, I led the first session in Wingate Hall. The students used the clickers to answer questions about plagiarism and the appropriate use of information, and I spread the news about Zotero, The Writing Center and some of the seminary/theology research-and-writing specific resources we have at ZSR. They laughed at my jokes and got most of the questions right, so I considered the presentation a success!
Today I led my usual library orientation from 476 and throughout the building. As usual, I went on too long about Reference sources, but they were an engaged group and asked a lot of questions. Also as usual, this is a diverse group of students with a pretty wide age range and varied backgrounds. I look forward to assisting them with their work at the School of Divinity over the next three years!