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Digital Science Resources Jan 2017

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Digital Science Resources Jan 2017

  1. 1. USING & CITING DIGITAL SCIENCE RESOURCES HKHS March 2017
  2. 2. RELIABLE •When researching, you always need to be sure that you are getting your information from reliable sources. •Some sources are considered to be “reliablereliable” because they have been written by people who are experts in the field. •When you find information that your use in your project, you must cite the source. Use APA format when citing resources for SCIENCE projects.
  3. 3. • To determine reliability of online sites and organizations, look at the URL’s ending: • .edu = it is most likely an educational institution. Be aware, however, of political bias. • .gov = it is most likely a reliable government website. • .org = it is usually a non-profit organization. • These sources may be good but you will still need to research their possible biases. Online journals and magazines: • Reliable journals and magazines should contain a bibliography for every article.
  4. 4. WHY USE A DATABASE?  Define database: a collection of pieces of information that is organized and used on a computer. (Merriam- Webster)  If you use a database, the work of ensuring your source is reliable has been done for you. You will have a collection of journal articles, magazine articles, book excerpts, and more to sort through to gather useful information for your research.
  5. 5. CITING FROM A DATABASE  Often times, citation information is available to you directly from the database. Be sure to select the correct citation style – APA for science.  If you cannot copy and paste citation information from the database, you can use a tool such as “Citation Machine” (http://www.citationmachine.net/) to help generate a citation in the proper format.  If you want to register for an EasyBib account (on the library website), you can write notes and store citations all in one location.
  6. 6.  IN-TEXT CITATIONS • In-text citations help readers locate the cited source in the References section of the paper. • Whenever you use a source, provide in parentheses:  the author’s name and the date of publication  for quotations and close paraphrases, provide the author’s name, date of publication, and a page number
  7. 7. SAMPLE OF A REFERENCE PAGE (APA FORMAT) Remember to title your APA citations References, like above.
  8. 8. CREATING A HANGING INDENT 1.Place your cursor at the beginning of your second line, before any text. 2.Right click your mouse. 3.Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu. 4.Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select hanging. 5.Use the By menu to select 0.5"
  9. 9. SO WHAT SCIENCE DATABASES DO WE HAVE AT HKHS, AND HOW DO I CITE MY RESOURCES?
  10. 10. CITATIONS Austin Peay State University Academic Support Center Writing Lab “Reliable and Unreliable Sources” Oct 29 2012 http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/academic-support-center/Reliable_and_Unreliable_Sources.pdf Georgetown University Evaluation Internet Resources 2016 http://www.library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/evaluating-internet- content Purdue Owl Writing Lab 2017 https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/18/ Images: Creative Commons https://search.creativecommons.org/

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