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ENG354 - Research Paper (Rachels) - Fall 2017: Welcome

Resources for Research Paper

USEFUL TIPS

Utilize biography databases for biographical and historical background about your author.  For biography databases, use these helpful tips: 

  • Last name first -
    • Norris, Frank 
For searching the catalog (Find Books) and databases (Best Bets - Literature & Best Bets - History) , use these helpful tips: 
  • McTeague and criticism
  • McTeague and naturalism 
  • McTeague and animal and imagery
  • Marrow of Tradition and race relations 
  • Marrow of Tradition and southern politics 
  • Wilmington Race Riot 

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RESOURCE TYPES

FIND BOOKS

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CITING SOURCES

Why do I need to cite my sources? 

When you write a research paper, you use facts, information and ideas from various sources to support your own ideas and develop new ones. Books, print articles, DVDs, electronic information from databases, interviews, and Web sites are examples of sources you might use. Citing your sources is vital because citations:

  • make clear who the author of the original work is/was 
  • provide your audience with the necessary information to identify and locate the source material 
  • make your paper more credible because you support your arguments with quality sources
  • ensure you are not committing academic dishonesty by plagiarizing

What is plagiarism and is it serious? 

Plagiarism is a form of cheating in which you use another's words or ideas as if they were your own.  Plagiarism can result in failure of an assignment or even failure of a course. Repeated plagiarism may result in expulsion.

How do I avoid plagiarizing? 

Whenever you use an author's exact language in your paper, make certain to use quotation marks to indicate what words are the author's and then cite the quotation. When you change the author's words to your paraphrase the author's ideas, make certain you cite. 

Citation Help: 

OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

MLA - Modern Language Association (web page)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Eighth Edition (Reference LB2369 .G53 2016) 

APA - American Psychological Association (web page)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - Sixth Edition (Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010)

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