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Reliable Sources and Plagiarism

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Sonia Gupta

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of Reliable Sources and Plagiarism

Reliable Sources and Plagiarism
Technology in Education
This is the act of taking another person's words or knowledge, and using them as your own. Not cool.
The Big Picture!
Technology is definitely a helpful tool in our lives, and is great to use in school. That being said, it's important to use technology the correctly, as plagiarism is a huge example of how the resource of technology can be misused. It's also important to remember how to find information, and to use reliable sources to verify your information is correct. These are just a few ways technology is present in education- Now let's look a little further: technology in the real world.
What is Plagiarism?
Key Terms:
Examples of Plagiarism:
Ways to Avoid Plagiarism
What Happens When You Plagiarize
Cheating off of a friend's work
Paraphrasing the majority of your paper or assignment
Directly copying someone's words or sentences, without giving them any credit or putting it in "quotations."
Paraphrasing the majority of your paper or assignment
Don't copy and paste!
Try to understand the topic and then use your own words
If you must include the original author's thoughts, or would like to use it as support, use quotations and citations!
Until high school, teachers will often take off a lot of points, or just give you a zero if they catch you plagiarizing
You could get kicked out of college altogether though, if you decide to steal someone's work
As an adult, you can even get arrested, for plagiarizing.
So...it's not exactly the smartest thing to do!
Reliable Sources
Everyone's always telling you to use them, but what are they exactly? We all have to get our info from somewhere, but only certain places can be trusted to have the right stuff. These are reliable sources.

Examples of Reliable Sources
Library Books/the Reference Section
Information found through Databases of well known organizations
Information found on government and education sponsored websites
Using Wikipedia
How to Find Reliable Sources
Know how to use Google! Google Scholar is a very effective way to find information relating to your topic.
If you're looking for a certain type of file, such as a pdf, search: "filetype:pdf"
Use common databases to search for information
Despite what they say, Wikipedia is not always a bad thing! If you use the site correctly, it's a great tool to utilize.
Wikipedia is a helpful resource to find reliable sources. The writers of the article usually list their sources all at the bottom.
Most teachers don't accept Wikipedia as a reliable source, so try to use it only to get an idea of the topic - then look for the actual reliable sources the article was taken from.
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