Going online to do research when you're writing papers and doing projects is a no-brainer. But all of the choices at your fingertips can seem overwhelming sometimes. Knowing how to evaluate and choose online resources can help you avoid headaches and wasted time.
Here are 5 ways to make researching online as easy and effective as possible:
When you research online, it can be easy to copy and paste text, then forget to cite the source or go back and put the thought in your own words later. Just like teachers can recognize your voice in class, most can recognize your voice in your writing. Even accidental plagiarism can have serious consequences for your grades — so don't take a chance. Identify the text you've quoted and add the citation before moving on to the rest of your paper.
Reviewed by: Eric J. Gabor, Esq.
Date reviewed: May 2012
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