Ethical Research

Melody Sasser

How to Gather Relevant Information

There are many resources you can use to help you find a reliable resource without having to search through every single website. One example is when searching on google you can use the advanced settings on google search to help you narrow down the website you are looking for. You can also use filters that will list you websites where you can search the topic you want and it will give you a list of credible websites that you can use. Examples- Mid continent Library, ebsco host, explora, etc.

looking for credible websites

Ask yourself these five questions when you are looking for a website you know you can trust- Who? What? Why? When? And how? You can ask yourself questions related to these five and figure out for yourself if a website is credible. For example you can ask yourself "Who was the target audience for this website?" "How do I know this author is an expert?" "When was this website or article last updated or made?" These questions will help you figure out whether this website is a credible source.

How to Come up with a good research question

Key words

Using key words is super helpful when searching for information, but the way you do it can make a huge different to the results you might get. When searching on a browser you want to make sure you are doing it effectively. For example if your research question was about the types of food that koalas eat, you may want to use the key words "koala", "foods", and "eat". Your results will vary based on how effectively you used your key words. So you want to make your key words are specific and that its covering all of the topic your looking for.

What is the difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing?

When you are quoting you are pulling something exactly from the text or from what a person has said. You should use quotations to show that it was someone else's thought and that you got it form a specific website/person. When you are paraphrasing you are using facts from the text but completely changing the way you word the sentence. Summarizing is explaining or going over everything on your topic in a brief sentence or paragraph it is usually not very descriptive. All of these items need citations to give credit to the place you got all your information from, but you should only be using these methods 20 to 30 percent of the time, 60 to 70 percent should be from you and what you think about the topic.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is stealing someone else's thoughts and using them as your own, it is something most people don't even realize they are doing. Plagiarism can get you into a lot of trouble, you may not mean to do it, but it is still considered plagiarism. How do you avoid plagiarism? Just remember you always have to use in text citation that connect to a bibliography that you have created. When writing a paper or making a presentation ask yourself "Would I have known this if I didn't read this information?" If not you know you will need a citation for it. If you know that this thought came from you and only you then you would not have to site where you got it from since it came from you.