RESEARCH TOPICS:


The Research Assignment(s)

Process

Reliability of Resources

Examples

"Works Cited"

In-Text Citations

MLA Format

Databases

Plagiarism

Embedding Quotes

Outline

Page Numbers in Pages

Annotated Bibliography




THE RESEARCH PROCESS


THE RESEARCH PROCESS GAME




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WEB RESOURCE RELIABILITY

What's a reliable web resource?


CREDIBLE SOURCES COUNT GAME
This guide will give you some ideas of what to look for and think about when determining reliability :
Using the guide, and if you choose, this Pages worksheet / , determine how reliable the following resources are:

1) Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

2) AbortionFacts.com

3) Daily Bulldog

4) Case Analysis of an Historic Killer Tornado

5) Office of National Drug Control Policy: Marijuana

6) Dihydrogen Monoxide

7) About.com

The "Internet Resource Reliability Checklist" comes from a Texas education agency called Round Rock (http://www.roundrockisd.org/).

Please use this worksheet to determine how some of the above resources deceive through their written content and appearance:




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THE RESEARCH PAPER ASSIGNMENT


"Changing World" Research Deadlines and Grade Weights:
Missing either of the first two deadlines means you will not get help from me via email, but may get help from me before or after school.

2G:
Exploratory Research (Research x3): Tuesday. Feb. 15
Rough Draft, not including MLA, but with Cornell Notes for all resources (Research x3): Friday, March 4
Final Draft (Research x 10; MUGS x 5): Tuesday, March 22
Presentation (Listening/Speaking x3): Monday, March 28

3B:
Exploratory Research (Research x3): Wednesday. Feb. 16
Rough Draft, not including MLA, but with Cornell Notes for all resources (Research x3): Monday, March 7
Final Draft (Research x 10; MUGS x 5): Wednesday, March 23
Presentation (Listening/Speaking x3): Tuesday, March 29















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PLAGIARISM

What is plagiarism?

This site has a game that is about the basics of plagiarism and MLA format.
Plagiarism and MLA Format Game

This game is just about what constitutes plagiarism.
Plagiarism Game





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EMBEDDING QUOTES

This handout shows you how to embed quotes in a variety of ways:




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OUTLINE

How do I create a good outline?


Here is an example of a research paper with an outline:

Here is some advice from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University for creating effective outlines: Effective Outlines

And finally, here's a handout from Washington University's Psychology Writing Center on how to make an outline:




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EXAMPLES

What should my paper look like?

Paper without title page or outline:

Paper with title page and outline:





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"WORKS CITED"


Create a "Works Cited" page using one of the following links, or a citation site of your own choosing:
EasyBib.com
CitationMachine.net




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IN-TEXT CITATIONS


A short video on in-text citations and how they work:






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MLA FORMAT

How do I find out more about MLA format?


If this site can't answer your questions, you'll have to find the latest MLA Handbook. It's a pretty detailed site.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab Info on MLA Format

This site is a bit more basic, but is also clearer to understand and navigate.
Williams College Libraries

This site contains many activities to help you understand both MLA format and plagiarism.
The MLA Format: Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources

The second example of a research paper in MLA format is provided by DianaHacker.com.




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ONLINE DATABASES

Where are they?


Go to "Web Links" at the lower left hand side of this page: Library Link

Database passwords: .




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PAGINATING A RESEARCH PAPER IN PAGES






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ANNOTATIONS

What is the annotation assignment and how will it get graded?


Please open this file:

Do I have to be formal when I write my annotations?


Yes.

That means...

  • No contractions.
  • No use of "you."
  • No use of "I."

How do I put my annotated bibliography in MLA format?

1) The annotated bibliography itself should look like this:

annotbib.jpg

Notice that the annotations continue on the same line as the citations!

Please also take note of the name block in the upper left hand corner and the double spacing throughout.

2) You may use one of these sites (or one of your own choosing) to create the MLA information on each resource:
EasyBib.com
CitationMachine.net

3) If you use one of the high school's databases, the MLA information is often provided for you on the site!