Ethical Research

By: Jarrod Stallard

How to gather relevant information from print or digital sources

If you want to find information digitally, just simply go to the Lakeview website, then press the "About our School" page then click "Media Center." After that, click the "Research" tab. Click "General/Primary Resources", then click "Ebscohost." Once you're there, click "Explora Middle School" Then click "Advanced Search", then type in key words of your topic and you should find what you are looking for. As for books, go to the Mid Continent Library, or the Lakeview school library and find a book that matches your topic.

How to search keywords effectively in finding information

At "Advanced Search" type in key words or terms. If you're topic is about "What do narwhals eat?" Then you would type "Narwhal" in one search bar, then "Eat" in another, then search. When looking through the information, make sure the title says something about "Narwhals" and "Eat."

How to decide whether information or resources are credible and accurate

An easy way to find out is to look at the suffix of the address; if it says ".Edu" ".Gov" or ".Org" then it is most likely accurate and credible, but not always. Skim through the information to make sure it makes sense. Also look through other resources to make sure its accurate and credible. It's also a good idea to check the date because it could be new or outdated information. If the page is covered in ads, then It's most likely not credible or accurate.

The difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing

Quoting is taking exact words from the author or passage, but you are giving the author credit for using those words. For example:

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. - Albert Einstein

Paraphrasing is restating the authors ideas in your own words. For example:

You must know the rules of a game, then you have to do better than everyone else.

Summarizing is restating the authors words in a very short, brief passage. For example:

In an article, you only want to list the key points of the article and not everything it says.

What is plagiarizing and how do you avoid it?

Plagiarizing is the act of stealing someones else's ideas and not giving credit to the author, this will get you kicked out of college, and in middle school and high school, you can get in very big trouble or get suspended. A way to avoid it is to give credit to the author; its really that easy, you just have to copy and paste the MLA link (usually on articles) in your bibliography. If the article does not have an MLA link, you just go to EasyBib or Citation Machine and copy and paste the link in the address bar to EasyBib or Citation Machine. Make sure it turns into a MLA link though and simply copy and paste the link it gives you into your bibliography.

What is MLA citation?

MLA citation is the standard way for citing information, it is usually found at the very end of a paper. If you have this link, then you are NOT plagiarizing, since you are giving credit to the author. In text citations look weird BUT they will help you a lot. For example: You have to learn the rules (Albert Einstein) of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. You don't read the "(Albert Einstein)" part, just everything else, but don't worry, you are still giving credit. As I described in the last passage, you can use cites like EasyBib or Citation Machine to help you cite cites without getting in trouble. You copy and paste the link from the article into EasyBib or Citation Machine and set it to "MLA" citation and copy and paste the link it gives you into your bibliography.