WELCOME! Research Strategies: From Information Consumers to Information PRODUCERS… YES YOU CAN! Carmen Genuardi, Librarian From Information Consumers to Information PRODUCERS… YES YOU CAN! It’s all a click away! Everything I need is on the Internet… – Do I Trust this Information? Criteria for Evaluating information sources Citing Sources to Avoid Plagiarism Seneca Library Catalogue Finding books, e-books, and more…(Give it a try!) Steps to Doing Research Let’s Review: Library Jeopardy! Please feel free to ask me questions as we go. It’s All Just A Click Away Everything I need is on the Internet…well, think again! Would you drive across a bridge constructed entirely on the basis of information obtained by searching Google? Would you want a doctor to operate on you using instructions somebody found on Yahoo!? Is This Credible? http://www.genochoice.com/ Criteria for Evaluating your sources Authority/Reliability? Bias/Objectivity? Currency? Relevance? Next steps next steps Some rights reserved (Malingering) What’s the big deal about Plagiarism? At Seneca College, plagiarism includes: “Using someone else’s work (words, images, ideas, phrases, signatures, or computations) and presenting it as one’s own, instead of properly documenting every source.” Seneca College Academic Policy. Retrieved September 7, 2005, from http://www.senecacollege.on.ca/home/academic_policy/0405_09cheat.html Plagiarism & Citing Sources When writing a report, essay or presentation, it is important that you cite your sources in order to avoid plagiarism and respect academic honesty. Use a standard format to cite your sources, such as MLA or APA....ask your professor which he/she prefers. Quick guides to MLA or APA style … Seneca Libraries Quick Guides to APA or MLA Plagiarism Plagiarism includes: Buying or taking and submitting papers written by others as your own Copying parts of someone’s work without giving credit Replacing only some words in another’s passage, without giving credit Putting together ideas from many different people without giving credit Using your own paper in more than one course Cite your Sources (aka Academic Integrity) Professor Bill Taylor’s A Letter to My Students, reads: “I don’t expect you to do original research. Instead, I expect you to read about the research of others, and bring together their ideas in such a way that makes sense to you and will make sense to me. Therefore, it’s essential for you to cite your sources in any research paper you write….So don’t feel you need to hide the fact that you’re drawing from one of your sources. That’s what it’s all about.” (Oakton Comm. Coll., IL) (full text at www.mcgill.ca/integrity) Avoiding Plagiarism Avoid Plagiarism by: 1. Keeping good research notes 2. Organizing your paper carefully 3. Acknowledging all your sources 4. Understanding and effectively using a citation style Consequences of Plagiarism Consequences of plagiarizing may include: Receiving a mark of “zero” on the assignment Failing the course Suspension from Seneca College Being expelled from Seneca College Take a moment…questions?? What if you wanted to … …find books or e-books on the topic of “college success”, to prepare for your college year at Seneca? Keywords: Note taking Study skills Citing sources Time management College student Seneca Libraries Web Site Finding Books using the Library Catalogue Ask us your research questions online. 10 Minute Quick Exercise For instructions, please refer to Part A of your handout. Use different sources of information… “Usually when doing research, I refer to all forms of information! I do this so that I can cross reference my information and rid my research of any bias, or opinionated information.” Jessica, College Student Books *Journal Articles Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc. Newspaper Articles *Magazine Articles What’s the difference? Scholarly Journal Article OR Magazine Article Journal Articles OR Magazine (Popular) Articles Let’s have a look at your handout… Journal Articles Magazine Articles Main purpose is to report results of original research. Information provided is usually of current or general interest. Author is an expert researcher in field. Author is usually a staff writer or journalist who may or may not have subject expertise. Articles usually have narrow subject focus. Little or no information about sources are provided. Articles are written for researchers, students, professionals. Articles tend to be short—less than 5 pages. Sources always cited in detail with consistent formatting. Intro to Research in 5 Easy Steps Step 1: Understand research assignment requirements Step 2: Define your topic Step 3: Locate quality resources for your assignment Step 4: Evaluate what you find Step 5: Always Cite the Sources Used Let’s refer to your handout for explanations. ANY QUESTIONS? Thank you! Have more questions? Contact me… Carmen Genuardi, Carmen.firstname.lastname@example.org 416-491-5050 ext. 5194 Library Jeopardy!! Let’s REVIEW what We have learned!