How to get good research
Is it relevant?
There are different resources that you can use to find relevant and liable resources like EBSCO and Mid-Continent websites if you search the right keywords.
Lets say that the topic is on whales and how big they are. You want to look up words like Whale, Size or large.
You can trust a site if:
- .edu .gov .net- it doesn't have to have this, but it is more trustworthy
- The date of when it was posted- Info can change overtime
- Author- if you can find the author of the website it can show what the author may know on this topic. Like a Zoologist talking about penguins.
- Format- The format may play a roll in how trustworthy a site is, For example your looking up a topic on life on mars would you trust a site that has sparkling martins on it, probably not.
- Ads-Does the website include ads that are not their own with lots of popups ads and different things not for their website, maybe not so trustworthy.
Click middle school and it will take you to your search engine and click advanced search where you can type in your key words.
Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
Quoting- When you take the info wright from the text with the same words with quotations surrounding it .
Paraphrasing-When you put the sentence from the text into your won words no quotations needed.
Summarizing- After reading a paragraph or the article put together the important sentences and words.
Works cited page: A regular citation of a link or book.
Below is an example of a MLA citation From: http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/quickguides/mla
What is Plagiarism
To avoid Plagiarism ALWAYS cite your source to the rightful owners even when paraphrasing.