Friday 20th January, 2017.
Examples of a resource:
- Newspaper articles
- People – action research
Why is referencing important?
- Avoids plagiarism
- Enables you to find information again
- Shows that you are trustworthy – it proves that you have researched
Why start now?
- So you can find information at a later date
- To check where you are getting information – helps with project management
What makes a good resource?
- Origin – must be reliable
- Purpose – why has it been written?
Common types of plagiarism:
- Plagiarism by poor documentation
- Plagiarism by incorrect paraphrasing
- Self-plagiarism, i.e. resubmitting a piece of your own work for a different exam
- Plagiarism by failing to reference
- Using false data/false source information
Everything you write in a report must be honest and based on fact. If not, you are committing academic fraud.
To avoid plagiarism and academic fraud, use:
- Organising your notes helps you to choose the best information to include in your report
- You can create source cards, complete with:
- Title; author; publication date; etc.
- For a website, include the URL
- For my EPQ, I will be using Harvard style referencing:
Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher, Page(s).
- NOTE CARDS – include your own thoughts on the same cards, just ensure to mark which information is your own
- You can also use concept maps, Venn diagrams, outlines, and charts to organise your notes
Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarising
- USE EXACT WORDING
- Use to support your own point, or to highlight a particularly powerful point
- Common knowledge (i.e. facts which can be found from at least 5 different sources) does not have to be quoted
- Don’t use too many quotes!!!
- Use quotes to support what you are saying
- Follow the quote with a line to tie it to your thesis
- Put a quote in your own words
- Establish background
- Use the writer’s main ideas in your own words