VeriCite Faculty Resources

This section includes examples of assignments, worksheet questions, individual progress submissions, or journal/blogs prompts to help document and support student progress over the duration of a research or writing project.

The submission of multiple drafts will alert students early on if their work is in need of revision. The instructor can actively refer students to resources on proper citation and paraphrasing, in cases of unintentional plagiarism, well before the final draft is due.

Staging and scaffolding a writing assignment is widely regarded by faculty who wish to strengthen the student’s writing process, but also serves to deter academic dishonesty, as it allows faculty to monitor writing style and progress over multiple submissions and provides a layer of inconvenience for students in obtaining/producing multiple intentionally plagiarized draft copies. Requiring multiple drafts reduces the probability of student procrastination before a single submission deadline, a common cause of academic dishonesty.

Some Suggested Faculty Pre-Game Activities

Include a statement in your syllabus about how VeriCite will be used in your course. (See the section on Syllabus Samples at the bottom of this page.) Inform students of which citation style they should use for this project. Take a moment to review the Citation Style Guide ( so both you and your students are maintaining current conventions.

Consider inviting your library liaison into your classroom (  Your library liaison can create a custom research instruction session for your students, focusing on the databases, citation styles, and other library resources relevant to your class.

Browse ZSR’s Research Guides ( Your Library Liaison can create/update research guides for your class and feature it when they visit your class.

Suggested Student Activities

Research Question or Kick-Off Activity

  • Students will submit their Research Question to the instructor for feedback.
  • Students will submit a project proposal to the instructor for feedback.

Databases, Valid & Reliable Sources

Browse your assigned Research Guide ( What databases are you using to conduct your search? List at least two journals relevant to your topic. Explain why these are valid and reliable sources.


Review the Citation Style Guide ( Review ZSR’s resources on Zotero, a popular citation manager ( Search the Professional Development Center’s website for upcoming ZSR workshops ( including the 45-minute Zotero workshop. What action steps are you taking to improve your citation and source management skills during this project?

Plagiarism and Paraphrasing

Take the Plagiarism Tutorial. At the end of the tutorial, use the system to submit your results to the course instructor ( Review this resource on paraphrasing and complete the exercise: ( Then summarize important concepts you plan to use in your paper from 2 important sources you have selected.

Annotated Bibliography

Create an annotated bibliography and consider scheduling a Personal Research Session ( if you need help locating good resources. Include a page containing the name of the librarian who assisted you and share what you learned and the skills obtained during the research session.

Outline of Research Topic

Draft an outline of your research topic. Or summarize the arguments from authors taking a stance on each side of a concept you’re covering. Pair and share with a peer. What are the 2-3 major ideas of your paper? Provide the citations of who are these ideas attributed to.

VeriCite Activity and Worksheet

Download this Worksheet as a Word document for easy editing: VeriCite_Worksheet.docx

Revise your Rough Draft

Revise your rough draft using feedback from your Vericite similarity report and reflection worksheet. Share your revised draft with a peer for their feedback (or schedule a time with the course instructor during office hours).

Research Sessions

Attend a drop-in session for Sources, Citations, and Cocoa ( or schedule a Personal Research Session (

Final Draft

Share your final draft with a peer before submission. Reach out to the course instructor during office hours with any final concerns on your project. Submit your final draft with confidence.

Syllabus Samples

Example 1

To provide students an opportunity to reinforce skill with citation and documentation using secondary source material, students will be asked to submit one written assignment through the regular assignment tool within the Sakai course where Vericite will provide an “originality report” to the student and faculty. The tool is meant to be used by students as a “double check” of their work before they submit the final draft.

Upon accessing the “originality report,” please review it carefully, and make appropriate corrections to portions of the paper that should be properly attributed or in need of paraphrasing. A score of under about 15% is usually considered acceptable since the system may pick up on small similarities and common phrasing such as headers, citation style, or numbering style, which will not need correction.

The Vericite tool is being piloted in select courses and may be available in future classes. Please ask your instructor if you have any questions.

Example 2

Students at the University are accountable for the integrity of the work they submit. Therefore, you should be familiar with the definitions provided in the Student Code of Conduct: Hearing Procedures: VIII: Procedures of the Honor and Ethics Council, A. Honor Code Violations, 2.“Plagiarism” is a type of cheating.

“Plagiarism” is a type of cheating. It includes:

  • the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without complete acknowledgment of the source;
  • the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another agency or person providing term papers or other academic materials;
  • the non-attributed use of any portion of a computer algorithm or data file; or
  • the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of online material without complete acknowledgment of the source.

In addition, WFU has made VeriCite, an educational tool and plagiarism monitoring system, available. For this class, your papers can be self-checked with VeriCite through the Assignments tool within Sakai. When grading your work, the originality report may be examined to help determine if intentional or unintentional plagiarism has occurred.

Council of Writing Program Administrators. Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices (2003). Retrieved from:

Cornell University Library. How to prepare an annotated bibliography: The annotated bibliography. (2015, December 3). Retrieved from:

California State University Channel Islands John Spoor Broome Library:

Office of Distance Education and eLearning, The Ohio State University. Originality Check. (2014, July). Retrieved from:

D’Errico, J. and Griffin, J. (2001). Better Student Essays Through Staging And Scaffolding. Newsletter of the Teaching Resource Center for Faculty and Teaching Assistants, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia. Retrieved from:

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