In the first part of the book, Lipson outlines three core principles of academic honesty and explores how these principles inform all aspects of college work. He discusses plagiarism in detail, outlining an ingenious note-taking system and offering guidelines for quoting and paraphrasing. Careful attention is paid to online research, including the perils of "dragging and dropping" text without proper citation. These chapters include numerous tips, all highlighted for students, on how to work honestly and study effectively.
Note that this book was published in 2004. Consult the latest edition of your style guide when formatting citations.
Information research skills support three of the criteria used by Averett professors to evaluate oral presentations:
- evidence of research and organization,
- logical development of a topic,
- a presentation that is interesting and informative.
Your study group can reserve the small (307) or large media room (102) in Blount Library to rehearse presentation skills. Contact a librarian (1-5692, firstname.lastname@example.org) to make a reservation, or ask for a wireless keyboard when you visit the library.
Gathering information for an oral presentation is basically the same as discovering sources for a research paper:
1. Select a topic and scope it out in books and articles. Search WorldCat for books, articles and media on any topic, or search select specialized databases from the library's Subject Research Guides.
Academic Search Complete is a a good general starting point for articles. It contains many peer reviewed sources. You can restrict searches to retrieve only articles that have been approved for publication by a panel of experts.
Librarians recommend that juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are:
- art, music and theatre majors explore Humanities International Complete, ARTstor, Oxford Music Online, and Classical Music Library.
- business majors find extended coverage in ABI Inform or Business Source Complete
- education majors also search Education Research Complete
- English majors consult Literature Resource Center, Literature Online, and the MLA International Bibliography
- physical education majors also search SportDiscus
- psychology majors search APA PsycNet
- science majors consider BioOne, Medline, CINAHL, and other peer reviewed sources listed on research guides for Biological and Natural Sciences and Nurse Education
- sociology majors search SocINDEX with Full Text
For statistics and polling data try ProQuest Statistical Insight, Polling the Nations, or the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Ask a reference librarian for sources of data on your topic or browse a subject research guide.
Professors may encourage you to view primary sources, such as historical documents or unpublished manuscripts. The Averett Library archives contain primary source materials on regional history. Librarians at the reference desk can help you locate reproductions of other primary source documents, many of which are available in digital libraries.
2. If your professor approves, include authoritative web sources (for example, at Google Scholar@Averett). Cite web sources when:
- author name and affiliation are displayed
- the information is accurate and conclusions are supported
- the author acknowledges the research and ideas of others
- the information addresses one or more aspects of your topic
- the web site does not indicate political or social bias (unless, of course, you are studying media bias)
- you have gathered a variety of sources (books, articles, data or statistics, and web sites)
3. As you select sources most pertinent to the topic of your presentation, read them carefully and create an outline of your narrative. If you are not completely comfortable with presentation software (PowerPoint, etc.) you may be wise to outline your thoughts before creating slides.
4. Rehearse your oral presentation with classmates until you are statisified that you have a coherent narrative and can answer audience questions about your topic and sources.
5. Your audience will appreciate a handout with an abstract and list of sources. Speakers often share their slides electronically following a presentation.
6. Take care to cite the source for any illustrations you show. Knowing all sources that influenced your presentation allows your listeners to consult the same information that you found helpful.
For additional assistance with research sources, contact the Library Reference Desk (email@example.com, 791-5696; 800-543-9440). For help in developing your topic and designing your presentation, contact your professor, or peer tutors in the Averett Student Success Center.