1. Explore topic basics and develop keywords (casual searching)
2. Understand how to evaluate sources of information (CRAAP method + information literacy and critical thinking)
3. Apply techniques (keywords + evaluation strategy) to find articles (library databases, materials, and more)
4. Support your analysis (cite reliable sources)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians and other resources)
The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as "[t]he practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own"
You're plagiarizing when you:
To avoid plagiarism, give credit whenever you use:
How do YOU organize and/or save your research?
Having a strategy for organizing and saving your research will come in handy as you continue to find articles throughout the semester. Even if you don't use these articles for your group presentation, saving them will create a knowledge bank of good topics, authors, and sources to which you can refer when starting a fresh search.
You always have the most control over the accuracy of your citations when you do it by hand using the selected style manual (above).
ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool that assists researchers in gathering, organizing, annotating, and citing their sources. Accounts are free to anyone with an SU email address (students, staff, faculty).
To set up your account, go here.
Please note that citation tools like RefWorks are only as perfect as the data they are extracting from resources -- you should always double-check your citations to make sure they are correct.