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How to Start Your Research Assignment
The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources in the body of your work and in your bibliography or reference list. Avoid plagiarism by:
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Citing sources that you find online can be a little different than when you use a book. We've put some frequently asked questions below. Simply click on the question to see the answer.
When your instructors tell you to use journals, they don’t mean the Edmonton Journal. A journal is basically a magazine that is published by a professional group, such as The Journal of the American Medical Association or The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.
The articles in journals are based on research. If you were ill in the hospital, would you want nurses and doctors taking care of you that learned their profession from journals? or from magazines such as Chatelaine, and/or any websites?[hide answer]
There are some excellent websites with good, current, reliable information. But there are many more websites that do not have good, current, reliable information. Anybody can put anything on the World Wide Web.
Before articles are published in journals, they are reviewed for credibility. The author of an article will have credentials that can be checked by the publisher. Do you know the credentials of the people who publish most websites?
Websites from some government departments or agencies and from professional associations are usually considered reliable.[hide answer]
These days most journals are published both in print and online. Libraries pay a subscription for their users to access online journals through databases. You can then search these databases by going to the library website.[hide answer]
A library database is basically a collection of online journals and e-books and sometimes online videos. Some databases cover general subject matter; some are very specific to a particular field of study.[hide answer]
If you are looking for journal articles on the internet (not using the library's website), you can use LibKey Nomad to help you find the full text of articles.
Read & Write Gold 11
Many people find that when they read their own writing, they miss their errors. Read and Write is a program that can help you spot your own errors and develop your writing skills at the same time.
Read and Write can read your writing aloud to you, which helps many people find errors in their writing. It can also help you identify correctly spelled but misused words and help you develop a vocabulary list, among other things.
The best part is that all computers on NorQuest College's downtown Edmonton campus have Read & Write installed, and all NorQuest students can get a copy to use on their own computer for free!
If you'd like more information, or would like to access your free copy of Read & Write, log in to Moodle for instructions!