Research Papers and Reports

Citation (Giving Credit)

Citation Makers

Citation Styles

Bibliography Worksheet
Right-click to download a text-format version of our SCC Library worksheet for keeping track of bibliography information.
MLA Style Center: Works Cited: A Quick Guide
Describes the core elements of a citation and several examples, as well as a practice template to fill in.
OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Explanation of MLA format from Purdue University’s Writing Lab.

Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism Court: You Be The Judge
Interactive tutorial about plagiarism and proper citation.
Plagiarism – Explained by Common Craft video
An introduction of the basics of plagiarism and how to avoid it, told via a story of a student completing an assignment.
Plagiarism Tutorial
A tutorial from the University of Maryland designed to be completed in a half hour. Includes a self-test at the end.
Understanding Plagiarism
This tutorial will help you to understand and recognize plagiarism. From Indiana University’s School of Education.
You Quote It, You Note It
Short interactive tutorial about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Evaluating Sources

CARP Test for Web Evaluation
Downloadable checklist to help you answer the question is it good, or is it fishy?
Checklist for Evaluating Web Resources
Clear one-page guide to evaluating the worth and reliability of information found on the web.
Credible Sources Count!
Short interactive tutorial about evaluating information from email, websites, and other sources.
Critical Thinking on the Web
Great set of links to sites about critical thinking, argument, assessment, hoaxes, evaluating sources, fallacies, statistics, and further related topics.
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
A process that begins with looking at your search results from a search engine or other source, follows through by investigating the content of page, and extends beyond the page to what others may say about the page or its author(s).
How to Evaluate Web Resources
This page includes a handy infographic offers a set of quick tools for evaluating the value and use of a website.
ICYouSee: T is for Thinking
An excellent tutorial on using critical thinking when evaluating Internet resources.
SCC Library’s CARP Test for Website Evaluation
One-page sheet with checklist of things to look for before accepting a site as good for research. Is it good or is it fishy?
Seek and Ye Shall Find: How To Evaluate Sources on the Web
So how do you divide the wheat from the chaff? How can you tell if something you’re reading is true and reliable and From the folks at Lifehacker, a basic evaluation checklist that you can use for any site you find on the Web.
TILT: Texas Information Literacy Tutorial
TILT is an educational Web site designed to introduce first-year students to research sources and skills. The tutorial offers an introduction and three modules, which you can complete in any order. Each should take you approximately 30 minutes.


10 Big Myths about copyright explained
An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication. Quite old but still has valuable information.
Copyright Frequently Asked Questions
Short overview of what copyright is and when it applies.
The Copyright Website
This site endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information….
Free-use Media: Definitions of Public Domain, Fair Use, and Copyleft
Behind the usual blogs and Web sites lies untold fortunes of free-use content, all available for you to use legally and with a clean conscience. All the resources you need are there … Includes links to sources of free images, books, music, and other materials.
Legally Reusable Media
Discussion of Fair Use, Open Educational Resources, and Citing Sources ending with a long list of media sources (by type of media) with detailed information on finding legally reusable items from each source.
Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright (video)
Short videos from the Library of Congress.
Welcome to the Public Domain
Discusses what public domain is, how works enter the public domain, and along the way discusses what copyright is and how long it lasts.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Licenses
Do you want to let other people use your work, but still give you credit? See a “Creative Commons” license on something and want to know what it means? Check this site!
Get Creative (video)
Video from Creative Commons about copyright, fair use, and creative commons licenses both for users and producers.
How to Attribute Creative Commons Photos
Creative Commons licenses make a lot of material available for people to use – but they still do require attribution! Check this infographic for information about the various CC licenses and how to attribute them properly.
A Shared Culture (video)
An explanation of Creative Commons using work licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
Wanna Work Together? (video)
Great short video about how CC licenses promote sharing and creativity.

Research Methods and Research Papers

A+ Research & Writing
Help for everything from starting research to the final editing. Organized by subject, with links to other sites, from the Internet Public Library.
Analyze My Writing
Analyze My Writing is an online text content and readability analyzer. Copy and paste a text into the homepage and gain a wealth of information about your text including word and character counts, word and sentence lengths, the readability of your text, and other analyses.
The Big6 Writing Process
The Big6 is a proven approach to information problem-solving. It helps you succeed in school and life. Use the Big6 to find, use, apply, and evaluate information for specific needs and tasks.
Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need
An easy-to-use guide to what sort of sources to consult for various research questions.
Create a Graph
Easy online tool for making graphs and charts.
This practical guide to research, essay writing and studying shows you how to find resources, write great essays and prepare for exams.
A Google A Day
Sharpen your search technique with a daily research question. Hints and even a complete solution are available for those who are stuck.
Learn to Research Videos for Secondary
A series of animated videos from the Oregon School Library Information System.
Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab
Purdue OWL: Research Overview
Explanations, exercises,a links about research skills and writing papers. Includes a nice step-by-step Writing a Research Paper guide.
Paper Rater
Grammar & Spelling Check. Free Online Proofreading. No Downloads.
Research 101
An interactive online tutorial for students wanting an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers the basics, including how to select a topic and develop research questions, as well as how to select, search for, find, and evaluate information sources.
A Research Guide for Students
Detailed guide with lots of links to provide all the necessary tools for students to conduct research and to present their findings.
Research & Writing: Step by Step
Before you can start writing, you have to explore the subject to find a topic, locate relevant information, analyze the issues and organize your arguments. Once that’s done, this site gives hints for actually writing the paper as well.
The Research Safari
The Research Safari is designed to help you navigate your way through the ‘jungle of information’ to help you create a dynamic assignment. Includes downloadable Research Planner with a step-by-step guide through your project.
Research & Writing: Step by Step
Before you can start writing, you have to explore the subject to find a topic, locate relevant information, analyze the issues and organize your arguments. Once that’s done, this site gives hints for actually writing the paper as well.
The Seven Steps of the Research Process
From the Cornell library, the following seven steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find.
The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia
Wikipedia provides Internet users with millions of articles on a broad range of topics, and commonly ranks first in search engines. But its reliability and credibility fall well short of the standards for a school paper….To help you develop such an understanding, we present 10 reasons you can’t rely on information in Wikipedia.
Using Primary Sources on the Web
What primary sources are, how to find them on the web, how to evaluate them, and how to cite them properly.
Wordcounter ranks the most frequently used words in any given body of text. Use this to see what words you overuse (is everything a “solution” for you?) or maybe just to find some keywords from a document.
Writing in College
This guide is intended to help first and second year students at the University of Chicago write effective papers in the Humanities Core and Social Sciences Core. A good introduction to organizing and writing effective papers.
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