Doing Research Right: Harnessing the Power of Library and Internet Resources. Gail Kwak, Elizabeth Graves, and Abbie Landry Watson Memorial Library. I Have A Research Paper To Do! Now What?. Use the library catalog and databases to find secondary sources on your topic
Gail Kwak, Elizabeth Graves, and Abbie Landry
Watson Memorial Library
Use the library catalog and databases to find secondary sources on your topic
Your teacher does not expect you to come up with original ideas in your research
How you organize, analyze, compare, and synthesize the information is your contribution
ALWAYS cite any idea not your own
Once you have cited the idea, then you can use it (not claim it as your own) in your research
What is it?
“The unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”
Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd ed.
SECTION 1.0 Academic Infractions
1.4 “‘Plagiarism’ defined as the use of any other person’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own work in fulfillment of academic requirements.”
From NSU Student Handbook 2010-2011 p. 61
SECTION 2.0 Sanctions for Academic Misconduct
NSU Student Handbook 2010-2011 pp. 67-68
Always site your scholarly sources properly – once you’ve done this, you can use them in your paper
Always evaluate and cite Internet resources
Always remember to attribute paraphrased words and ideas to their source
Do your own work
When in doubt – ASK!
Not citing a paraphrase is plagiarism
Changing a few words or the sentence structure is not enough to make the idea your own
Even when you rewrite the passage in your own words, you must signal in the body of your paper and in your bibliography you are using someone else’s idea
Citation formats are easy to learn
Copies of most style manuals are available in the library – ask at the reference desk
Purdue University’s online writing lab (OWL) has a lot of good examples.
Don’t wait until the last minute – you may have questions for your teacher!
Don’t Be Shy! Internet ResourcesVisit the Writing Center for help with all the mechanics of writing your paper – including citation formats and plagiarism avoidance!
Room 335 of Kyser Hall – Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Reference Room of Watson Library – Monday thru Thursday 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Many colleges and universities use programs like Turnitin (NSU uses this) which can easily catch plagiarists
Colleges and universities may attach a warning to your transcripts that you were expelled for plagiarizing
You may not get into another college
Your future employer will be aware you are a cheater
You may never learn how to do research properly without stealing
Always cite your sources
Do your own work
Make use of the services available to you – teaching faculty, reference librarians, writing center, career counseling, etc
Remember – we are all here to help you succeed!