Proper citation is an expectation of all college students. Ask a Librarian for help or click on a link below:
Past research assignments may have involved restating information you learned elsewhere. College-level research involves work that is fresh and original - it's your work, not someone else's. Here are some tips:
Ask original and interesting questions;
Use academic resources;
Use proper citation;
Draw original conclusions;
Work to create a new understanding or new ideas about a topic.
Academic resources tend to be:
Scholarly in nature;
Written by experts in a field;
May be the result of original research, experimentation, or study.
Think: Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, not Wikipedia
Think: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, not Health magazine
Think: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, not Lincoln in the Bardo
Why work with a Librarian?
Librarians are experts in identifying and locating appropriate resources for various information needs. Librarians can help with research projects, papers, speech assignments, citations, and more.
The Harper College Library offers a variety of virtual services to support online learning.
"Information Literacy" refers to the skills necessary to successfully locate, evaluate, and use information.
The TRAAP test helps to determine the strength of a source:
Timeliness - Is the information timely?
Relevancy - Is the information relevant?
Authority - What authority does the author have on the subject?
Accuracy - Is the information accurate?
Purpose - What is the author's purpose for composing this information?
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