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Information Literacy Resources: Use

This guide was created using the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Standards on Information Literacy (IL) to help you to understand the concept of information literacy. This, in an effort to improve teaching and learning at the UWI.

Library Resources

The Writing Centre

Do you need help with:

  • grammar
  • writing
  • vocabulary
  • documentation?

The Writing Centre has the solution. You can benefit from a 30 minute one to one consultation with a writing coach. The Writing Centre is located on the 3rd floor of the Faculty of Humanities and Education (new) building. The Writing Centre is the 1st door on the left.

Students from all faculties are welcome!

Standard 5

The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

How do I...

.. use information while respecting the intellectual output of others?

The first thing to do is understand the concept of Plagarism. UWI defines this as 

"the representation of another person’s work and creative expressions as your own original work, and is considered to be misconduct meriting disciplinary penalties up to and including permanent exclusion from the University depending on the egregiousness of the offence. Researchers should avoid representing the published or unpublished work of another person as their own or assisting anyone else in doing so. The use of work done by other persons must be clearly, appropriately and adequately acknowledged, using the accepted conventions of the University."1

Actions that might be seen as plagiarism:

Buying, stealing or borrowing a paper
Using the source too closely when paraphrasing
Hiring someone to write your paper
Building on someone's ideas without citation
Copying from another source without citation - accidentally or on purpose

To ensure that you are avoiding plagiarism, give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. 2


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Style Manuals

*Please check with your Lecturer for guidance on the Style Manual suited to your discipline.

- The Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 16th edition.

- The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Mass., Cambridge: Columbia Law Review, The Harvard Law Review, The University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal.

- The ACS Style Guide: A manual for authors and editors. Janet S Dodd, Editor. Washington: American Chemical Society, 1997.

- AIP Style Manual for Physicists. New York: American Institute of Physics. 1990-97.

- MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd ed. 2008

- A Manual for writers of term papers, theses and dissertations. Kate L. Turabian. Chicago: University of Chicago. 7th edition..

- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington : APA. 6th edition.

- Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

- The Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Latest edition.[1992]