Now that you've learned the basics of finding information using library resources, there are a few more things you should know about evaluating information sources, as well as about how to use information ethically and legally.
Even though we hope you now see the value of using library resources to find good, reliable information, it would only be fair to mention that there's a lot of great information out there on the web as well. The trick is knowing which sites to trust. ToDo: Watch this video and then click on the link below to read about the CRAAP test, a great tool you can use to help determine whether a website contains reliable information for research.
A library overview wouldn't be complete without mentioning the importance of using any information you've found in a way that is responsible, legal and ethical, so take a few minutes to learn a little about plagiarism and how you can avoid it using some simple techniques. ToDo: First, watch the video below. Then, take a look at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) page linked in 5.2.4 below to review the ways you can avoid plagiarism and click on You Quote It, You Note It for an opportunity to practice and test your plagiarism knowledge.
Plagiarism is a specific type of academic dishonesty that is clearly defined in TCC's Student Policies & Resources Handbook as a violation of the Academic Code of Integrity (adapted from "Oklahoma State Regents Faculty Advisory Council Recommended Attributes for Model Policy on Academic Integrity.")
Understanding what plagiarism is and how to avoid it is an important part of being a college student. You will learn more about specific writing strategies and citation skills in your Composition classes, and you can find out more on TCC's Online Writing Lab.
Everything you need to know about plagiarism but didn't know how to ask. Detailed explanations of how to avoid plagiarism from Purdue University's OWL Online Writing Lab:
Still not sure what plagiarism is? Practice with college students like you in this tutorial, You Quote It, You Note It, from Acadia University.
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