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Middle School Study Skills Guide Index
Guides and Revision Aids
How to write a Bibliography and how to avoid plagiarism.
Specific Subject Information and Revision Help
Notes on using a computer to help you do your homework
If you are required to print your work then make sure that the printer is in good working order before you start.
If you have research work to do then first refer to your class work and textbook. Do not use the Internet unless you cannot find the answer you need from one of these two sources.
If you do need to use the Internet for your research then use homework help sites for research rather than a general search engine. Suggested sites are www.homeworkelephant.co.uk and www.about.com, as well as www.saburchill.com.
If you use a word processor than you should always use the spell check. You can either do this as you type or check for spelling and grammar faults when you have completed your text. There is no excuse for spelling mistakes when you use a word processor.
Notes on Plagiarism
Never copy anything directly from another document or web page and put it into your own work. You can use other peoples word and/or images but you have to acknowledge that the work it theirs.
For example, the following is part of an essay on carnivores. The words in blue have been taken directly from the Open Door Web Site ( www.saburchill.com).
"Carnivores can be small animals like spiders or large animals like lions. Carnivores eat meat. A carnivore is a predator because it has to find and catch its prey. Some carnivores, such as wolves, hunt in a group called a pack. They move silently and slowly to form a circle around their prey before they attack. Lions and tigers are also carnivores."
To give this work to your teacher pretending it is your own is very wrong. You can use the information from the Open Door Web Site but you need to acknowledge it.
You should make every attempt to make sure that the owner of the image agrees that you can use it in your own work. Sometimes you will find the permission given in the book or on the web site. If not then you should get in contact with the author or publisher and ask permission.
You should always acknowledge the source of the image you use.
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