Research Papers and Paper Writing


Citation (Giving Credit)

Citation Makers
How Do I Cite Sources?
An article to take you step-by-step through some general guidelines for citing sources.
MLA Style Center: Works Cited: A Quick Guide
Describes the core elements of a citation and several examples, as well as a practice template to fill in.
OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Detailed explanation of MLA format from Purdue University’s Writing Lab.

Copyright

10 Big Myths about copyright explained
An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication. While this article is quite old it still has some valuable information.
A Copyright Friendly Toolkit
A true digital citizen understands how to ethically use the works of others to build his or her own creative products—music, art, video, stories, presentations–and share them with the world. … Here are some guidelines, categories, and tools to consider that will help you as you create, contribute to, and enrich our shared culture! Focuses on Creative Commons and the uses – and limits – of Fair Use.
Copyright Frequently Asked Questions
Short overview of what copyright is and when it applies.
Free-use Media: Definitions of Public Domain, Fair Use, and Copyleft
Behind the usual blogs and Web sites lies untold fortunes of free-use content, all available for you to use legally and with a clean conscience. All the resources you need are there … Includes links to sources of free images, books, music, and other materials.
Legally Reusable Media
Discussion of Fair Use, Open Educational Resources, and Citing Sources ending with a long list of media sources (by type of media) with detailed information on finding legally reusable items from each source.
Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright (video)
Short videos from the Library of Congress.
Welcome to the Public Domain
Discusses public domain (non-copyrighted) materials, how works enter the public domain, as well as copyright is and how long it lasts.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Licenses
Do you want to let other people use your work, but still give you credit? Maybe you’ve seen a “Creative Commons” license on something and want to know what it means? Check this site for the answers
Get Creative (video)
Video from Creative Commons about copyright, fair use, and creative commons licenses both for users and producers.
A Shared Culture (video)
An explanation of Creative Commons using work licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
Wanna Work Together? (video)
Great short video about how CC licenses promote sharing and creativity.

Evaluating Sources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
From the Cornell Library, a guide to how to determine the relevance and authority of a given resource for your research. With companion page for Evaluating Web Sites.
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
A process that begins with looking at your search results from a search engine or other source, follows through by investigating the content of page, and extends beyond the page to what others may say about the page or its author(s).
ICYouSee: T is for Thinking
An excellent tutorial on using critical thinking when evaluating Internet resources.
Seek and Ye Shall Find: How To Evaluate Sources on the Web
So how do you divide the wheat from the chaff? How can you tell if something you’re reading is true and reliable and From the folks at Lifehacker, a basic evaluation checklist that you can use for any site you find on the Web.
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.

Paper Writing

Analyze My Writing
Analyze My Writing is an online text content and readability analyzer. Copy and paste a text into the homepage and gain a wealth of information about your text including word and character counts, word and sentence lengths, the readability of your text, and other analyses.
The Big6 Writing Process
The Big6 is a proven approach to information problem-solving. It helps you succeed in school and life. Use the Big6 to find, use, apply, and evaluate information for specific needs and tasks.
Ergo: Essay writing skills
This section will help you figure out what your essay question is really asking, and then break the question down into easy tasks.
Paper Rater – Free Online Proofreader
Grammar & Spelling Check. Free Online Proofreading. No Downloads.
Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab
Explanations, exercises,a links about research skills and writing papers. Includes a nice step-by-step Writing a Research Paper guide.
SCC Research Paper Handbook
SCC’s own style guidelines and information on writing papers.
The Seven Steps of the Research Process
From the Cornell library, the following seven steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find.
WordCounter
Wordcounter ranks the most frequently used words in any given body of text. Use this to see what words you overuse (is everything a “solution” for you?) or maybe just to find some keywords from a document.
Writing in College
This guide is intended to help first and second year students at the University of Chicago write effective papers in the Humanities Core and Social Sciences Core. A good introduction to organizing and writing effective papers.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism Court: You Be The Judge
Old – but still applicable – interactive tutorial about plagiarism and proper citation.
Plagiarism Game
Test your knowledge of plagiarism with this game from Lycoming College.
Plagiarism Tutorial
A tutorial from the University of Southern Mississippi with information about plagiarism and citing sources, plus quizzes and a self-check test.
Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism
A quiz from Cornell University that you can take online with immediate feedback.
Understanding Plagiarism
This tutorial will help you to understand and recognize plagiarism. From Indiana University’s School of Education.
You Quote It, You Note It
Short interactive tutorial about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Research Skills

Ergo: Research skills
This step-by-step guide shows you how to break down research tasks into manageable parts and find reliable information.
Learn to Research Videos for Secondary
A series of animated videos from the Oregon School Library Information System.
Purdue OWL: Research Overview
Explanations, exercises,a links about research skills and writing papers. Includes a nice step-by-step Writing a Research Paper guide.
Research 101
A guide to help you develop good research skills! Outlines the steps to use when doing research.
A Research Guide for Students
Detailed guide with lots of links to provide all the necessary tools for students to conduct research and to present their findings.
The Research Safari
The Research Safari is designed to help you navigate your way through the ‘jungle of information’ to help you create a dynamic assignment. Includes downloadable Research Planner with a step-by-step guide through your project.
Research tutorials for writing a research paper
Built by instructors, each tutorial includes videos, example lessons and quizzes to help you develop the skills to write an effective research paper. Take all the tutorials or select only those you need the most – start, stop, and resume them at your own pace.
The Seven Steps of the Research Process
From the Cornell library, the following seven steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find.
The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia
Wikipedia provides Internet users with millions of articles on a broad range of topics, and commonly ranks first in search engines. But its reliability and credibility fall well short of the standards for a school paper….To help you develop such an understanding, we present 10 reasons you can’t rely on information in Wikipedia.
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