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  • PLAGIARISM AND CITATION BASICS A QUICK GUIDE ON WHY, WHERE AND HOW TO PROPERLY RESEARCH…without getting in trouble!
  • WHY RESEARCH?  We research because we want to explore interesting topics by…  Incorporating others’ ideas and information  Exploring our own thoughts and opinions in relation to other people’s  Believe it or not, you were not born an expert on your topic! Therefore, you must research and cite your sources.
  • HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT RESEARCH? GO TO THIS LINK TO FIND OUT… http://agoogleaday.com/#game=started Click on the ―basic game‖ link – don’t log in to Google +
  • BUT FIRST…WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION FOR RESEARCH?  Online Databases – contain digital copies of many print resources  GALILEO  Encyclopedia Britannica  Literary Reference Center  Print Resources  Scholarly journals, magazines, newspaper articles  Books  Websites
  • WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH…PLAGIARISM?  To plagiarize means ―to commit literary theft.‖  ―To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.‖  You must give credit to the ―owner‖ of the information that you use in your paper, otherwise you are STEALING!
  • WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?  Anytime you use a direct quote, or even change an author’s words, you are using somebody else’s thoughts.  Simply changing the wording (paraphrasing) is not enough; you must cite your sources.  When in doubt, CITE! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?  Certain well-known facts do not need to be cited.  If your reader would probably already know the information, you do not have to cite.  Ex: Walt Disney founded the Disney company and created one of the most well-known cartoon characters of all time, Mickey Mouse. (NOT PLAGIARISM)  Ex: Raised on a farm near Marceline, Missouri, Walt became interested in drawing at an early age, selling his first sketches to neighbors when he was only seven years old. (PLAGIARISM—IF NOT CITED)  Let’s see how you do on knowing when to cite by playing…The Cite is Right!
  • CITATIONS  As you know, in order to prevent plagiarism, we must cite our sources.  There is a specific method of citing sources, and certain ―ingredients‖ are needed, in a specific order, for the citation to be correct and in MLA format.
  • ANATOMY OF A CITATION  Most citations include four main divisions:  Author’s name. Title or source. Publication information. Format.
  • LET’S PLAY A GAME! See how much you know about creating a citation!
  • HELP! I CAN’T REMEMBER HOW TO FORMAT A CITATION!  You don’t have to worry about the order that information in a cite needs to go…there are several tools that will create a cite for you!  EasyBib  Results from media center databases like Encyclopedia Britannica  Citation Machine
  • WHAT WE’VE LEARNED…  All about plagiarism and why it’s wrong  Exactly what a citation is and how to create one  Ways to easily create a citation  Any questions???