Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) May 2019 Chlef University International Conference Proceedings              Pp.109- 121


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Towards more Liable Use of Internet Sources among University Students:
Rethinking Teacher’s Routine Evaluation Methods


Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Letters, Languages and Arts
Dr. Moulay Tahar University
Saida, Algeria



Within the flow of information of today’s digital learning environment, university students’ ill-informed use of external electronic sources negatively affects the quality of their academic writing (and sometimes the reputation of their department and university as a whole). While sanctions represent but the final disciplinary measure, university teachers’ pre-empting such academic misconduct before the final year project remains a necessity. This paper proposes a reconsideration of the teacher’s routine evaluation methods to promote good study skills, and thus high-quality teaching and learning. Drawing on a personal teaching experience (in the department of English of Saida University), the paper suggests simple methods through which students routinely practise sound referencing. Preliminary observational data that triggered the topic of the present paper consisted of samples of students’ internet-based assignments and project papers with missing references. Additional notes generated from classroom discussions with post-graduate Master students about (un)intentional plagiarism represent the insider student perspective of its causes. Initial findings reveal that student-submitted non-referenced work was not only due to poor time management, paraphrasing, or note taking skills but also to modelling poor citation habits (illustrated in the academic genres they were exposed to in their formal learning environment, such as PowerPoint presentations, class notes, hand-outs, and so on). The paper concludes with the necessity to raise teachers’ awareness to the importance of providing a good model of well-referenced teaching materials and learning supports as the initial step. Other practical methods consist of constantly checking students’ work for missing references, asking them to resubmit their work with requisite paraphrasing, as well as giving scores for correct referencing.

Key Words: Academic plagiarism, digital/cyber-plagiarism, referencing, teacher assessment, techniques

Cite as:  KHIATI, N. (2019) Towards more Liable Use of Internet Sources among University Students: Rethinking Teacher’s Routine Evaluation Methods. Arab World English Journal, May 2019 Chlef University International Conference Proceedings. 109-121.  DOI:


Dr. Nadia Khiati has been teaching at the Department of Letters and English language of Saida
University, Algeria, since 2012. She got her Doctorate degree (in English for Specific Purposes)
in 2017 from Djillali Liabes University of Sidi Belabes, Algeria. She currently teaches ESP and
Introduction to languages for specific purposes. Her research and teaching interests are mainly
related to her fields of specialisation, that is ESP, Academic speaking, academic writing, etc. Other
fields of interests are related to Second Language learning, ICT and ELT, language and translation.