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  1. 1. Researching and writing at academic level
  2. 2. Plagiarism What is plagiarism? Copying another student‟s work. Copying and pasting information from the internet. Copying out information from a source without referencing it.
  3. 3. TV Industry Report What sources of information can you use? Websites Books TV Programmes Newspaper/magazine articles
  4. 4. Internet searching Use a good search engine, eg. Google Don‟t use Wikipedia Be as precise as you can to avoid excessive sites Don‟t let yourself be distracted!
  5. 5. Referencing within a text Remember you get more marks for showing research with references than for claiming ideas as your own! Ideas and theories need attributing to their source. All sources must be acknowledged or you risk plagiarism! Direct quotes need containing within single quotation marks (keyboard apostrophe) and are best in italic font. Make sure you refer to the author and page number of the text as well as the quote.
  6. 6. Referencing within a text “Both BBC2 and Channel 4 were set up to provide an alternative to mainstream stations.” (O‟Sullivan:253) OR It is important for Channel 4 to “cater for tastes, interests and audiences not served by ITV”. (O‟Sullivan:253)
  7. 7. Bibliography What is a bibliography? A list of sources that you have used to inform your work. This is placed at the end of your work. Each source should be acknowledged even if you haven‟t included a direct quote.
  8. 8. Recording sources in abibliography (Harvard style)For written texts, you will need the following details: Author: surname and initial/s or Editor Date of publication Full title Publishers Place of publication
  9. 9. So it looks like this…Wood R. (2007) Study Skills for Right Brain Learners ,London, Educational Press* Arrange your authors in alphabetical order by surname
  10. 10. Recording internet sources ina bibliography (Harvard style)For internet sources, you will need: Name of author/writer/originator Title of the piece Full web address Date last accessed
  11. 11. It looks like this…Wood, R. How students learn, The Guardian dated 25.05.09, accessed on- line on on Tuesday 2nd December 2008
  12. 12. And avoid… Overlong sentences Rambling sentences Starting on one point and then drifting to another Over reliance on „spell check‟  Errors over punctuation Capital letters (BTEC, IfL etc)  Commas ( to help digest long sentences)  Colons ( you might need to offer a list)  Semi-colons ( when you have two sentences in one)  Apostrophes
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