One thing's for sure: technology makes it easy to copy and share ideas and information. But a person can get into big trouble when they share ideas and information that they don't own. Almost every day we read about people who made the mistake of copying and publishing without asking permission.
Plagiarism in a research project can lead to dismissal from a college. Plagiarism at work can lead to dismissal from your job. So how do you make sure you are not plagiarizing? The key is organized research. Organized research starts with a close reading of the source. Researchers take good notes and organize them so that they are useful.
By the end of the module you will be able to say:
Directions: Begin with #1 and work through #9 below. Then, click next.
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Watch the video, How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article.
Watch the video, How to Take Notes in Class.
Read the APA/MLA Guidelines 7th/8th Editions: A Quick Study Digital Reference Guide to gain advice on note-taking. Click on the poster to enlarge it.
Visit the INFOhio Citation Guide:
Test your plagiarism identification skills with the Plagiarism Game.
Review the differences between Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing to see how you can use each one in your research project.
Read the research tips in Note Taking: The Research Process in the Digital World. Note these two sections:
Read this information on paraphrasing. Not only do you have to take good notes, but you have to decide how you will use the information you find.
Show what you know about plagiarism by taking this quiz. Your results might surprise you.
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