Ethical Research Practices
By: Alex Smith
How to gather relevant information from print (hard copy) or digital sources
The way to gather relevant info from print (hard copy) or digital sources is to first check the URL and see if its .com, .gov, .org, etc. and that should tell you half of it. Second you need to see if they cite their sources or tell where they got their info from. Third you need to see if there are some quotes on the page.
How to use search (keywords) effectively in finding information
The way to find info effectively with using search (keywords) is to quote (" ") things for example say your searching what the score was for the Royals last game you would search "What was the "score" for "Royals" last "football" game?" and it should pull up what you are looking for.
How to decide whether a website or resource is credible and accurate
To find if a website is credible and/or accurate you would check the author/URL to see if its .com, .gov, .org, etc. and when you see that it will tell you what their sponsors, ads, company, and etc. are.
The difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
The difference is that quoting is a little part of the original. Paraphrasing is taking the original copy and writing it in your words. Summarizing is writing what the original really means in simpler words. That is the difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
What plagiarism is and how to avoid it
Plagiarism is coping someone else's work and not giving them any credit for it and instead putting it down as your own. The way to avoid this is to cite your source so people know who really made it. Paraphrase it so that people also know that you wrote it in your OWN way. Quote parts from the original so people know what the original really said. Last you need to summarize the original so people understand what it really meant.
What MLA citation is
MLA citation is putting the real original down so put people know where everything came from and the know its true/accurate.