Learn How to Avoid Plagiarism

PlagiarismStudents plagiarize for many reasons. While some are simply trying to get through a course as easily as possible, others procrastinate and panic, taking a few short cuts to get the assignment done. Some students think that text on a “group-developed” web page like Wikipedia does not have to be cited because it is “common knowledge” (not true!).  Others genuinely do not understand how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly.

In this workshop taught by librarians, students will:

  1. discuss how copyright laws and plagiarism rules apply to using material from the web
  2. learn how citing correctly can help avoid unintentional plagiarism
  3. learn how to write a paragraph that successfully and clearly distinguishes paraphrases and quotes from original ideas and language


Wednesday September 9, 3:30-4:20 Room: Milne 104
Thursday September 10,   6:00-6:50 Room: Milne 104
Tuesday September 15, 4:30-5:20 Room: Milne 208
Monday September 21,  2:30-3:20 Room: Milne 104
Wednesday September 23,  7:00-7:50 Room: Milne 104
Monday September 28,  5:00-5:50 Room: Milne 104
Friday October 2,  2:30-3:20 Room: Milne 104
Tuesday October 6,  4:30-5:20 Room: Milne 104
Thursday October 8,  6:00-6:50 Room: Milne 104
Monday October 19, 2:30-3:20 Room: Milne 104
Wednesday October 21,  7:00-7:50 Room: Milne 104
Tuesday October 27, 5:30-6:20 Room: Milne 104
Monday November 2,  4:00-4:50 Room: Milne 104
Tuesday November 3,  5:00-5:50 Room: Newton 214
Wednesday November 11,  6:00-6:50 Room: Newton 214

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! The plagiarism workshops are now part of the GOLD Program. To register for a plagiarism workshop, students must visit the GOLD Program web page to open a GOLD account, and then register for one of 15 plagiarism workshops in the listing of GOLD Workshops. (To see the complete list of plagiarism workshops, use the search box on the left, using the keyword plagiarism.)

Textbooks and Reserves @Milne

Milne library has a growing collection of required course texts for many of the courses taught on campus. These are generally available for 4 hour loan at the Service Desk. You can search GLOCAT+ (or GLOCAT Classic) to see if we have your textbooks. Search by textbook title or author. If you are having trouble, just stop by the Service Desk and we’ll let you know if we have your textbook.

For additional information, check out our Find Textbooks and Course Reserves Guide.

If Milne doesn’t have the text or course reading that you need on reserve at the Service Desk, you may be able to borrow it from another library (note that popular, current editions of textbooks are often unavailable through IDS). Search for it in IDS Search to see if we can borrow it for you from another library. If you’re uncertain of the exact name of the textbook, a quick search of http://books.geneseo.edu can resolve the issue.

We also have 9 titles available on a Kindle Fire!  The Kindles can be checked out for 4 hours and include the following textbooks:

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, 6th)

Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)

Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)

Abnormal Psychology (Barlow, 7th)

Abnormal Psychology (Barlow, 7th)

Cambell biology

Campbell Biology (Reece, 10th)

Essential Cell Biology (Alberts, 4th)

Essential Cell Biology (Alberts, 4th)

Physics (Cutnell, 9th)

Physics (Cutnell, 9th)

Financial Accounting (Harrison, Horngren and Thomas, 7th)

Financial Accounting (Harrison, Horngren and Thomas, 7th)

Government Documents Are Moving Back to Milne

GDocsCollectionThis summer, the library is moving our government documents back to Milne in preparation for building renovations in Fraser. The loss of the space in Fraser gave us opportunity to work with faculty across several disciplines in a re-evaluation of this collection. “We know that there just isn’t enough space to bring everything back to Milne. However, most of the material in this collection is available online. In fact, over 95% of materials currently published by the Government Printing Office are freely available in full-text online,” said Justina Elmore, Coordinator of the Government Documents Collection. “We spent last semester working with faculty to determine what and how much of this collection we could, and have room to, retain.”

Now that the size of the collection has been reduced to just the government documents that our patrons actually use, the library has begun the process of moving them back to Milne. Additionally, Milne Library will continue to offer quick delivery via IDS for any deselected items that are not yet online, should the need arise. Luckily, there are two Federal Depository libraries in the area from which to draw.

Bringing these materials back to Milne will make finding and using government documents easier. Most of the material will become part of the general collection, allowing us to reduce the number of places a researcher must look in order to find materials on a particular topic.

Introducing New Library Service: “My Library Account”

MyLibraryAccountNews240On May 5th, 2015, Milne Library launched a new service called “My Library Account.” My Library Account allows users to view all items (whether they are from IDS or Milne) that they’ve checked out in one place!

In addition, users will be able to do the following:

  • View due dates
  • Renew items
  • Print a list of items

The url for My Library Account is http://www.geneseo.edu/library/mylibraryaccount

Witness the INSOMNIA (Film Festival)

Popcorn.FlickrUserrpb1001Join the Insomniacs to view the results of our Fourth annual Geneseo Insomnia Film Festival. Viewing and the awarding of some great prizes will take place at the conclusion of GREAT Day, April 21

Wave Machines, Puppets, and a Scavenger Hunt: The Perfect Field Trip!

On Friday, March 27, SUNY Geneseo was host to four 3rd graders and their teachers from the Genesee Valley BOCES program. The purpose of the visit was to introduce the students (all on the Autism Spectrum) to the idea of attending college and for them to experience the life of a college student (at least for one day). Each of the visiting students was paired up with a Geneseo School of Education student, who served  as their “buddy” for the day. The following is a write-up from one of the buddys.
miranda2“…I was able to spend the morning and afternoon with four great students from the BOCES program. My buddy for the day was a third grader named Makayla. We spent the morning looking at the wave machine in the Science building at Geneseo and seeing the cool things that happened when waves caused erosion on a shoreline! At lunch Makayla and I sat together with another student, Landon, and his college-buddy. They were telling us all about themselves including their pets and siblings and even what they have learned in school this year (they were especially excited to tell us about their fraction knowledge).  Makayla was full of questions about college and was really interested with the fact that we lived here as well as went to school! We next got to have some fun running around campus during our scavenge hunt. Makayla was especially excited about finding a colorful piano in the College Union, and even started to play some notes! When we finally arrived at our last location, the library, there were prizes waiting for the students. Makayla was really excited about her prizes and showed them off all around! It was a great time to read with her and see her interest in all the different books and puppets she could look at and use in the library. Overall it was a great day filled with lots of fun and excitement!”


This was an amazing experience, not only for the 3rd graders but for the Geneseo students (and staff) as well! We hope that this is just the first in many such opportunities.

Workshop: Improve Your Search Results Using Filters & Citation Tracking

AdvDatabseLeaders, scholars, and professionals all have one thing in common: they have complex information needs. This workshop will teach participants to leverage the power of online search tools by applying filters, citation tracking, and other techniques rarely used by casual researchers. You’ll be expert researchers after this workshop!

Wednesday, April 8th
2:30 – 3:30 pm  in Milne 104

Instructors: Bonnie Swoger – Library Faculty, Milne Library;  Sue Ann Brainard – Library Faculty, Milne Library


Workshop: Create Professional Resumes

ResumesHow do I line up text? How can I keep my paragraphs looking the same throughout my document? Is there a way to line up my decimals? Successful document layout requires a proper understanding of how and when to use the assortment of MS Word’s paragraph formatting tools. Come and learn how to effectively use tabs, indents, tables, and styles.

Tuesday, April 7th
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Milne 104

Instructor: Steve Dresbach – Technology Instructor, Milne Library

Aaaand…. ACTION!

2015.ActionThe day has arrived! Be on the lookout around campus for our teams who have 24 hours to write, shoot, edit, and post a 3-minute video using a set of elements provided on the GIFF website.  Follow @GeneseoInsomnia on Twitter for the latest news or check out the Facebook page.

Teams are competing for prizes against other SUNY Geneseo students in an attempt to create the most witty, interesting, and creative video. This is a chance for students of all talents to flex their creative muscles and demonstrate their skills, whether they be writers, actors, videographers, or editors. Submissions are judged blindly by a panel of Geneseo faculty and staff. Videos will be shown during a special  award event at the conclusion of GREAT Day, April 21, 2015, at 6:30 pm.

Workshop: Mendeley: PDF Management and Automatic Bibliographies

Mendeley for PDF management and automatic bibliographies

Mendeley for PDF management and automatic bibliographies

Learn how to use the free program Mendeley to assist with your research. Mendeley can organize article PDFs on your computer and automatically generate bibliographies and in-text citations. Web syncing allows you to access your articles from everywhere and collaborate with other Mendeley users. Workshop participants should sign up for a Mendeley account and install the desktop program prior to this workshop.

Please bring your laptop computers.

Tuesday, March 31st
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Milne 104

See www.mendeley.com
Instructor: Bonnie Swoger – Library Faculty, Milne Library