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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of presenting ideas of other as your own. Common examples of plagiarism are copying answers from somebody else's test or homework. Citing doesn't excuse copying and pasting. You can avoid plagiarism by either paraphrasing or using quotations.

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


Be wary of .com and .net domains. .gov, .edu, and .org are all credible domains.


Is the source sponsored by any companies you recognize? If so, this makes the source more credible.


If a website is crammed with advertisements, it is definitely not credible for a research project.

Date of Publication

If something was published a long time ago, then it may be smart to double check information from that source. It may have been credible at one point, but some information probably changed since then.

How to research for information

- Make your questions as narrow as possible

- Use advanced search to rule out irrelevant results

- Block .com and .net domains from search results

- Change keywords to get a variety of search results

MLA Citation

MLA Citation: MLA stands for modern language association. It is the most commonly used form of citation. MLA citation is basically just a format to cite your sources.

In text citation: Use the Authors last name and the page number that your information came from.

Works Cited Page: A works cited page is where all your sources are attributed into one place using the MLA format

How to correctly site a website

The list is in order as follows:

- Author

- Date of publication and view

- Title of webpage

- Source URL

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How to correctly cite a book

The list is in order as follows

- The Author

- Title of book

- Location of publication

- Original publisher

- Title of website

- Sponsoring organization

- Date accessed

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The difference between quotes, paraphrasing and summarizing

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How to make a great research question

Your question should be as narrow as possible. The more narrow the better your question will be.

- You should be able to answer your question

- Topic should be interesting to a variety of people

- Make your question as clear as possible

Good research resources

- Ebsco Host

- Library of Congress

- Infoplease

- Mid Continent Public Library



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University of UNC. Book citation breakdown. Digital image. Http:// N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015. <>.

Garris, Kathy Kelly, Melissa Matis, and Brandy Lockwood. Summary vs. Quotes vs. Paraphrasing. Digital image. Literature Resources. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2015. <>.