How to do it correctly!

Gathering Research From Books and Websites

To gather useful and accurate resources I recommend for you to use databases, sorry google. Also make sure that the resources you are using are relevant to what you are researching about!

Here are some resources you can use:

EBSCO host

Recommended Database

Using keywords

When researching please use keywords.

Making keywords are pretty easy, just use the important words of your question.

Use the question "What is the rain forest made up of?"

The keywords are are Rain forest and made up.

Use these keywords to get accurate information for your question.

Is a Website Creditable?

When doing research you must use creditable websites. To find out if a website is creditable, easy.

  1. Check if the author is stated on the article anywhere.
  2. Check the url (.org, .edu, .gov would be better than .com)
  3. Are there any ads? If there are it might not be a good site.

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

There are differences between quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.

Quoting is when you take the exact words from a piece of information and put them into your piece. You would also give credit.


"They are amazing, but still little is known about them"

Paraphrasing is when you take words from a text and put them into your own words. Again you would give credit.


Even tough there is little information about them they are still fascinating.

Summarizing is when you take the concept of an article and put it into one or two sentences.


A rare spices is spotted in an area. Many scientists are now moving in to try to find out more information about them.


Plagiarism is when someone steals another persons ideas. Really no one wants to be accused of that. If you want to avoid it here are the simple steps:

  1. CREDIT CREDIT CREDIT!!! Credit the article or resource that you got the information off of!
  2. Also use one of the ways to use information from above.

MLA Citation

When crediting you should use the MLA format.

You can easily make this using a website so you don't have to worry much.

Also use in text citations as well. To do this you put in parenthesis before finishing the sentence the authors last name and the page number you found the information on.

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