Ethical Research

Cassidy Hill

What is plagiarism and how can you avoid it?

Plagiarism--the act of presenting the words, ideas, images, sounds or the creative expressions of others as your own.

How can you avoid plagiarism?

You can avoid it by using quotes, paraphrasing and summarizing.

Quotes- The EXACT words of the author, don't have more than 50% of your paper be quotes that is the same thing as plagiarism, still must be cited in-text.

Paraphrasing- Rephrase the authors words, still must be cited in-text, changing a few word is NOT paraphrasing, keeping ANY of the same vocabulary is plagiarism

Summarizing- Only the main ideas of the text, still must be cited, should be shorter

MLA citations for websites

You need-


Web page address- Make sure this doesn't become a link!!

Date published

Title of post

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MLA citations for books



Edition if 2nd or later

Where published


Date published

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MLA citations

MLA in-text citations for books include the author's last name and page number- (Hill 43)

MLA in-text citations for online include the author's last name and page number, but if you can't find the author use the title, if you can't find a page number either then just use a title.

On your works cited page you need the citations mentioned above (the non-in-text citations) you need that

MLA citation creators (For your bibliography)

How do you determine if a source is credible on the web?

Look if there's an author, if the website lists one then that's a sign that it's credible.

Look at the URL a .com, .org and .net can be used by anyone. .edu and .gov are usually credible, .org can be deceiving because authors can be bias.

Check if the date is recent if it's not the information by be out dated.

Look at the spelling, grammar and capitalization. If it's faulty or incorrect it might not be credible

How to use search terms

Use search terms to narrow down your search results. Use them in advanced search.

To determine your keywords:

Determine your topic

Identify the main concepts

Use the main concepts as your key words (if these don't work think of synonyms)

Reliable links!

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