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Using sources in an academic paper

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    • Critical analysis 2 Further practice using sources
    • Review of critical reading
      • Practice speed reading
      • Keep notes of all reading
      • Consider how appropriate to your current needs
      • Question the validity and reliability of research data and interpretation
    • Keywords to find sources
      • Use keywords to search http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/searchstrat.html
      • Become a “google-whacker”?? http://www.googlewhack.com/
      • Keep a note of which keywords and synonyms
      • Record keywords with reference details (author’s name, publication date etc)
      • http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/howto/infoskills.shtml
    • Categorise and sub-divide
      • Look for related terminology
      • Note who uses which terms and categories
      • E.g. reading:
      • Consider using mind-maps
    • Bibliographies
      • Be consistent
      • All references in your text; no items that are not referred to in your text
      • Alphabetical order of surname (including websites)
      • Titles in italics
    • Compiling bibliographies
      • Use BS 1629 or Harvard system
      • Alphabetical order of author’s surname
      • Surname – initial – title (in italics) – place of publication – publisher – date of publication
      • Problems in bibliographies – see library pages FAQ or WebCT “TESOL Student Guide”
        • http:// www.lib.ed.ac.uk/faqs/parqs.shtml#Biblio
    • Using sources
      • Quotation: must have author’s name, date of publication and page number
      • Summary of idea: must have author’s name, date of publication
      • Long quotes: indented paragraph; single-line spacing; justified margins
    • Plagiarism
      • Acknowledge your sources
      • Summarise or quote – but still acknowledge
      • Try to find out where the idea came from
    • Tasks for next week
      • Bring five books / journal articles / www sources of interest to you
      • Compare the way individuals in your group searched for sources; organisation/type of information in sources; systems of keeping notes/records of reading
      • Prepare some “mini-data” for next week (a small questionnaire?)