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Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

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Tips for Locating Scholarly Research (compiled by Laura Pope Robbins) According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, empirical research is defined as:

Relying on or derived from observation or experiment Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment There are several key characteristics that you can use to determine if an article is an empirical study. The article should include:

Statement about the methodology being used Either a list of the research questions to be answered or a statement about what question is being answered Definition of the group or phenomenon being studied Process used to study this group, including any controls or instruments, such as tests or surveys Finally, ask yourself: Could I recreate this study and test these results? If you can answer yes to all of the above, then you are most probably looking at an empirical study.*

There are two databases that allow you to narrow your research to empirical studies: ERIC and PsycINFO.

Depending upon which version of ERIC you use, there are different ways to narrow your results.

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