Following the six step Information Search Process (ISP) will save time and keep you organized through all phases of any research assignment.
|Understand the Assignment: Understand the specifics including length of paper, topic options/instructions, citation style and resources permitted before beginning topic selection, research or any other part of the assignment.|
|Select a Topic: Think about what the assignment guidelines are and choose something that is interesting to you.|
|Explore your Topic: Take your topic and narrow it down to what you want to focus on, normally a few main points.|
|Develop a Thesis/Specific Purpose Statement: Decide your objective so you can inform the readers what you will discuss.|
|Research: Work within the assignment guidelines to decide on appropriate resources. Keep track of your citations as you go.|
|Write: Using your research and critical thinking skills, write your paper.|
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Plagiarism is using someone’s work or ideas without acknowledging them. This includes using their words, pictures, images or ideas as if they are your own.
Types of Plagiarism
Intentional is obvious – copying information word for word or summarizing without giving credit, making up information or using someone else’s work or ideas and not giving them credit.
Unintentional plagiarism is the most common and done accidentally. This includes not using proper citations, not using quotation marks, poor summarizing, reusing your own paper or forgetting to cite your sources.
What Is Not Plagiarism?
How Do I Avoid Plagiarism?