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Resources for Student Research

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Academic Databases

Academic databases are the gold standard for high-quality research. Unlike Google, the sources in an academic database are curated for their credibility, authority, accuracy, etc. Many of the scholarly journal articles in academic databases have been peer-reviewed (other experts checked the article pre-publication).

Searching Strategies

It's really easy to Google something, but it's a skill to Google well enough to be able to find the best sources for your research in the infinite stretch of the entire internet. Use these resources to add some searching strategies to your toolbox that will help you broaden and/or narrow your search until you find exactly what you're looking for.

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Before you begin
  • During the research process
    • Create your citations as you find your sources
    • Cite your sources in the text and in a bibliography
    • Use quotation marks for direct quotes
    • Avoid copy/paste
    • Use physical index cards or a notebook
    • Color code if you do copy/paste: one color for quotes (cite these), one color for paraphrasing words/ideas (cite these), one color for your own ideas/words
    • Use sources in academic databases (they're high-quality and they have citations you can copy/paste into your Works Cited)
    • Share your own, original ideas and thinking (it will make your project/essay stronger, too)
  • Before you turn anything in
    • Use a plagiarism-checking site like Turnitin or Grammarly - if it detects any plagiarism, cite, delete, or rewrite those parts

MLA Citations

Citing your sources is like showing the receipts for where you got your information. You must cite your sources to acknowledge the work of others and avoid plagiarism. Use these resources to guide you as you build your citations.

Collect Information

These free digital resources can help you collect your research as you come across good information. Traditional methods of using notebooks or index cards for this step are also highly recommended.

Organize Information

To ensure your final product is cohesive and comprehensible, it's important to organize the information you've gathered during your research before you begin writing your essay or creating your project.
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