Ethical Research infograph
by: Lexi davis
How to Gather Relevant information
When you are looking for some information, there are many things to use. First, if you are getting information from, a book or hard copy article you could go yo a library. Now if it is virtual or online, you could go to mid-continent virtual library, Or go through your schools online Media center. The resources available to me as a student are both of those. I will most likely use Lakeview''s virtual library because its reliable to me. The way to generate a research a question, is to think to yourself, what key parts are you researching about it?
How to Use Search Terms
Most resources you are using have an advanced search. If you use that than you can choose options like " (What your researching), and____, Not _____". This option is very helpful and in narrows down your choices by a lot.
How To Decide if Your Source is Credible, Reliable and Accurate
To see if your Source is credible, start with who made the source. If it is someone who is known and works or has worked in that subject because they are the ones who know most about those facts. Don't use it if it is made by someone who is unprofessional or in high school, It will most likely me incorrect information. Then, Look at the URL. If it contains .edu, .gov, Etc., then it is more reliable than ".com". Most URL's other than ".com" contain more professional work and is proven to be correct. Finally, look at ads. If it has a lot of ads that aren't relevant with the website, it is probably a spam website. It also gives the another idea that it is unprofessional.
Difference Between Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Summarizing
Lets start with quoting. Quoting is when you put quotes around something you read that was written in exact or close in words to what was in the source, and it still needs to be cited. Paraphrasing is when you put a quote or something that was to your liking in the source in your own words, you should also still cite after paraphrasing. Summarizing, this means you need to basically make a long story short. So just simplify what you read into a sentence or less
Plagiarism is when you take someone else's work and change it so you can claim it as your own. The way to make sure you don't accidentally copy somebody's work, then you should cite where you got your information, its that simple.
MLA stands for (Modern Language Association), But an MLA citation is a format that you use to make a citation. In text Citations are when you use the author last name and page number of where you got your information, which should appear next to your writing. Now, a Works Cited page is a page at the end of your writing that shows where you found all of your sources of information from.