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Taking credit for another person's work. This could include not citing a quoted source, paraphrasing an idea without citing, and a whole host of other areas. But we're the library, and at the link have more information on how to avoid plagiarism!
Citations (Research and Documentation Online)
Hand-in-hand with avoiding plagiarism comes knowing how to properly cite your sources. We recommend two great websites: Purdue OWL (below) and Research and Documentation Online. Both of these links go to MLA citations, but APA and Chicago styles are on both sites as well!
Citations (Purdue Owl)
Purdue Owl is another great resource for citation help
Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)
These are two terms that mean about the same thing. They refer to a source that has been evaluated by experts in the field and deemed accurate in content and original information. These sources are intended for an academic audience and should be used when writing a research paper.
(Thanks to Cornell University Library for sharing their resources!)
Primary sources are those documents or physical objects written or created during the time under study. In other words, these sources were present at that time, and offer an inside view of a particular event.
Some types of primary sources include:
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS: Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art
RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings
Examples of primary sources include:
Diary of Anne Frank - Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII
The U. S. Constitution - American history
A journal article reporting NEW research or findings
Confederate sword - Civil War history
Plato's Republic - Women in Ancient Greece
(Thanks to the University of Maryland Libraries for the link to more information!)
These are books that have been digitized, so you can use these as sources just like any physical book. Ebooks can be accessed through any computer at school or through your computer at home, and they can also be downloaded to a reader device for portable access - even your smartphone! (And of course the library has help at the link for downloading ebooks!) This accessibility makes ebooks a great source when performing research for a class or paper.
books Books BOOKS!
So we use all these crazy terms and acronyms in the library, and it can be a little mystifying. Here's a quick-and-easy description of all the terms you might hear related to BOOKS and what they're referring to!
||The general term for your library account (where you can request books, renew books, and check for fines); it is also the name of the GHC book catalog
|| Just another name for the GHC book catalog
|GIL UNIVERSAL CATALOG
||The book catalog for ALL books in the University System of Georgia
|| How you request books from other USG schools - a FREE service for all our students
|| How you request books from other GHC campuses
|INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
|| How you request books from libraries outside the USG system
Articles and Databases
And here are some of the terms you might hear related to ARTICLES and JOURNALS.
||A collection of databases provided by GHC and the University System of Georgia
||A searchable collection of online subscription resources (journals, images, videos, and sometimes whole books); usually material that is not available through free search engines like Google
||A regularly published "magazine", usually related to an academic discipline, often containing articles, book reviews, and other material about the subject
||A single written work published in a journal or magazine