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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

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Doing research right harnessing the power of library and internet resources

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

I Have A Research Paper To Do! Now What?

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


The wrong way plagiarism

The Wrong Way = Plagiarism

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.


Nsu student handbook definition

NSU Student Handbook Definition

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 ownwork in fulfillment of academic requirements.”

From NSU Student Handbook 2010-2011 p. 61


Penalties for plagiarism from nsu student handbook 2007 08

Penalties for Plagiarism From NSU Student Handbook 2007-08

SECTION 2.0 Sanctions for Academic Misconduct

  • Expulsion

  • Suspension

  • Probation

  • Drop in Grade

  • Censure: An official, written reprimand

    NSU Student Handbook 2010-2011 pp. 67-68


The right way giving credit where it is due

The Right Way = Giving Credit Where It Is Due

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!


Paraphrasing do it right

Paraphrasing: Do It Right

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


Is there anything i don t need to cite

Is There Anything I Don’t Need To Cite?

  • Your own ideas – Your don’t need to cite your contribution to the research

  • Common Knowledge – You don’t need to cite commonly known facts stated in your own words

  • When in doubt, error on the side of safety and CITE!


Learn proper citation formats

Learn Proper Citation Formats

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!


Doing research right harnessing the power of library and internet resources

Don’t Be Shy!Visit the Writing Center for help with all the mechanics of writing your paper – including citation formats and plagiarism avoidance!

September 14

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


Remember plagiarism is a choice and can have lasting consequences

Remember – Plagiarism Is A Choice, And Can Have Lasting Consequences!

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


Ensure your academic success

Ensure Your Academic Success

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!


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