Ethical Research

Anna Albert - Elder 8


Plagiarism is the act of presenting the creative expressions of others as your own. There are two types of plagiarism: Intentional (done on purpose) and Unintentional (not done on purpose). There are consequences for plagiarism as well. You are most likely to get an F on n assignment, suspension or expulsion from school or sports and more. Although, there are ways to avoid plagiarism. You must cite your source, paraphrase (put in your own words), and show attribution (giving an author credit for their works or ideas). Remember, you don't have to cite facts that are widely known, your own ideas, reactions, and observations, also examples, and your belief. Even when you paraphrase, you must cite your source too.

How to decide whether a website or resource is credible and accurate.

It can be challenging to decide whether a website or resource is credible and accurate but here are a few things to look for: Author, Date, Sources, Domain, Site Design, Writing Style, and more. There may be some reliable websites that do not include all these qualities but you can verify the information you find there with another source you know to be reliable.

How can you generate a research question that will help you find relevant information?

A clear research question forms the foundation of good research. You must decide on a research area. Choosing something that interests you. Ask yourself who, what, why, where and when. You must be specific and focus on the main points as well. You must also identify and check if your question can be researched qualitatively.

How to use search terms Effectively in finding information.

Less is always more when it comes to searching with keywords. You should start with two to three unique terms in a question. There are three unique types terms: Proper Nouns, Numbers and Professional Vocabulary. But before searching, you should create lists of keywords that describe the topic, use a thesaurus to discover more word choices, and more.

MLA Citation

An MLA citation "offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, end notes/foot notes, and the Works Cited page". It starts with: heard word, title, date, full URL, and date. An in-text citation helps readers find the sources in the Works Cited page. The in-text citation can also be called a parenthetical reference. A works cited page is a list of works that you mention in the body of your paper.
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Available Resources

There are many available resources for many different categories.


  • Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids
  • World Book for Kids
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • World Book Online
  • Research in Context

  • Ebsco Host
  • Explora
  • Morgue File
  • Biography Link
  • Pics4Learning
  • CIA World Factbook Link

And more!