Submit your paper to Turnitin to help prevent plagiarism.
Start here: The Research Process in a Nutshell
1) Find Sources
Look for at least five reliable sources (more is fine). You can use the recommended resources on this page, but you will also need to find other websites. If you are unsure of a source, be sure you Google the organization to find out more about it. When applicable, use the Wikipedia trick.
Click on the above link to get an electronic note taking packet. Ms. Hankins will not be grading your notes. However, you still need some method to keep track of the information you find. This is a great opportunity to figure out what works best for you.
Use NoodleTools to help with your citations. NoodleTools will generate your references page for you (the list of citations at the end of your paper) and your parenthetical citations (the citation within the paper.)
Use Turnitin.com to check for plagiarism before submitting your final copy. It is really important that you write information in your own words. The punishment for plagiarism (either intentional or unintentional) can be severe in college.
Using Websites for Research
1) Credible news organizations such as:
New York Times
2) Studies conducted by researchers at universities & research organizations
Avoid: advocacy websites, personal websites, blogs
3) Know the source. Use the Wikipedia Trick.
One of the best ways to evaluate a source is to read what OTHERS say about the organization. Search Google to find out the reputation, bias, or past activities of a group. Are there any red flags? Do you think this organization is an expert on this topic?
One way to do this is to try the Wikipedia trick on a website:
Step One: Delete everything after the domain name and add “wikipedia”
Step Two: Look at the Wikipedia entry and evaluate the source.