Plagiarism Web Quest

Citing Online Sources Using Citation Machine

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♦ Introduction

The internet is a great resources that makes it easy for us to find and gather information quickly. Unfortunately, the internet also makes it easy for us to "copy and paste" other people's words and use them as our own.

Plagiarism is using the work of others as your own. The consequences of plagiarizing can be very severe! By giving credit to the people whose work you are borrowing, you can avoid any trouble.

It can be confusing trying to remember where, when and how to cite your sources. Luckily, the internet provides us with tools such as Citation Machine that help us put our citations into the correct format!

This web quest will answer important questions about plagiarism and how to properly "cite" (give credit to) your sources.

 

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♦ Task

1. View a Power Point Presentation explaining what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and the consequences that may come with it.

2. Use Citation Machine to properly cite web pages.

3. Use Citation Machine to properly cite images.

4. Complete a 10-question Plagiarism Quiz.

 

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♦ Process

1. View the following Power Point Presentation explaining what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and the consequences that may come with it. Use this as a resource whenever you have questions about plagiarism, or to help you with your plagiarism quiz. Power Point: Plagiarism - what it is and how to avoid it.

Read Student Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism for more important information.

 

2. Use Citation Machine to properly cite web pages. Choose 3 of your favorite web pages (but make sure they are school-appropriate).
  • Use Citation Machine to enter information for each of those sites. Be sure to read the instructions on the Citation Machine page, and choose MLA format.
  • After choosing MLA, scroll down to NON-PRINT and select "Web Document".
  • Enter as many details as you can about your website, being extra careful with spelling and capitalization.
  • Citation Machine will generate a proper citation. Copy and paste (it is OK, in this case) your citations into a Microsoft Word document titled Works Cited.

3. Use Citation Machine to properly cite images.

  • Search for (school-appropriate) images online.
  • Select 3 images that you like and use Citation Machine to properly cite those, as well. This time, be sure to select "Web-Based Images or Videos".
  • Paste your citations into your Word document.
  • Save and close the Word document.

4. Take this Plagiarism Quiz. Submit your answers and check to see if you got the correct answers.

 

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♦ Conclusion

A good rule to follow is "when in doubt, cite!" It is better to be too careful and give credit to everyone that deserves it than to risk plagiarizing. By now, you should understand what this means and why it is so important. You should also be familiar with tools such as Citation Machine that can help you set up your citations using the proper format!

*Newer versions of Microsoft Word (2007 and later) have built in tools to help you create your Bibliography/Webography/Works Cited pages. They work in a very similar way to Citation Machine, and are located under the "References" button.

 

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♦ Resources

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"What is plagiarism? (And why you should care!)." School District of Springfield Township. Web. 18 Feb 2010. <www.sdst.org/shs/library/powerpoint/plagiarism.ppt>.

 

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