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BHS_RESEARCH HELP: Step 4. Use of Information - Avoiding Plagiarism

Step 4: Use of Information

Most likely you will need to read, listen or view your source. If you can’t understand any of it, be sure to ask an adult to help you. It’s OK not to understand, it’s not OK not to ask for help. You are looking for the information you need. You may not need to read, listen to, or view all of your source information. You may be able to skip around, finding subheadings and topic sentences (read the first sentences in each paragraph) that will take you to your information.

Use the Information

STEP 4:  USE OF INFORMATION

Ask, "How can I best use each source?  What information in each source is useful?"

  • Read, listen, view, and touch carefully to acquire information
  • Distinguish facts from opinion
  • Accurately and completely summarize/paraphrase the main idea from the source
  • Accurately cite sources

 

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is:

1. copying and pasting without citing sources, using quotation marks, or paraphrasing

2. creating fake citations

3. substituting synonyms for words in a passage that has been copied and pasted

4. paraphrasing multiple passages from multiple sources

Check out this video from Bainbridge State College (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q0NlWcTq1Y):