Ethical Research Infographic

By: Thyra Aguilar

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using or showing words, ideas, images, sounds, or creative expressions of other people without giving them credit.

There are two types of plagiarism:

Intentional: Is usually when you copy of a friend, borrowing or buying a paper, or cutting and pasting directly on to your paper without giving anyone credit.

Unintentional: It usually happens with poor paraphrasing, poor citation, forgetting to cite, or using to many quotes.

How do you avoid plagiarism?

To avoid plagiarism you have to cite or give the source credit (give attribution), you can paraphrase the work (write the information in your own words.), you could quote the part you are using, or you can summarize it.

Works Cited Page

Works Cited Page: is where you list all the sources you used for your research or essay.

  • Make notes of any websites you used so you can easily go back to them later
  • Make sure your citations are in alphabetical order so they are easy to find

What information do you need for a correct citation?

To cite you need:

  • Authors name
  • Title of the work
  • Year it was published

Do you need to cite everything on your paper?

No, you don't have to cite things that almost everyone knows, like information, & opinions that everyone knows about.


  • Putting the ideas of one or more authors into your own words
  • Only put the main points into your summary
(Again, Must be Cited)


Paraphrasing is like rephrasing the authors words, putting the authors thoughts into your words. (must be cited)


  • Put the authors exact words in "quotation marks"
  • Make sure not to make any changes to what the author wrote
  • Give the authors name (Wilson 5)
Having too many quotes is the same as copying and pasting text on to your paper

Format we use to cite: MLA

How to cite a book:

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How to cite a Website:

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How to get to the databases

  1. Lakeview Middle School Homepage
  2. About our school tab
  3. Media Center tab
  4. Research tab

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Online Information
  3. Click on Research Databases
  4. Homework help for teens or Homework help for kids

How to know if a website is credible or not:

  • You could look at the URL (.org, .gov, .net, etc.)
  • Make sure it is up to date
  • The publisher, & authors are listed
  • The website is very professional and is well organized
  • Writing style, make sure there aren't a lot of spelling or grammar errors

Good databases and resources to use


  • Ebsco Host- Great for articles, videos, etc.
  • Explora- Middle School
  • Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids
  • Encyclopedia Britannica (Teens)
  • World book online (for kids and teens)
  • Research in context

Social Studies

  • CultureGrams & World Geography and Culture online - great because you can learn about country's clothing, customs, food, government, etc.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context & SIRRS Issue Researcher - Pros and Cons on lots of topics
  • ScienceFlix- Great Resource!
  • Science reference center
  • Today's Science
  • Morgue File- Free and easy to use images
News and Current events

  • Tween Tribune
  • Newsela
  • CNN Student News

MCPL Card Number: 20005001149413