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Libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Information Literacy Self-Guided Tutorial

The Rensselaer Libraries provides access to ProQuest's Research Companion - a self-guided tutorial of the entire research process. Create a free account to earn badges, keep track of your progress, and access pre- and post-video assessment questions.

friendly research robotIt is critical to understand and adhere to legal and academic expectations when drawing upon other peoples' work within your own research. Avoiding intentional plagiarism is one thing, but how do you avoid unintentional plagiarism? And self plagiarism...?

The Libraries' provide Citation/Copyright resources, and information about the academic integrity policies at Rensselaer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Researchers will know how to avoid plagiarism by properly citing information from outside sources
  • Researchers will understand the importance of introducing sources
  • Researchers will know how to use sources ethically and effectively through summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting
  • Researchers will know how to use information from outside sources while maintaining a strong voice of their own

Video Playlist Includes:

  • Balancing act (1:14)
  • Plagiarism (2:03)
  • Two kinds of citations (1:18)
  • Things to cite (2:03)
  • Finding your voice (0:44)
  • Introducing sources (2:30)
  • Summarizing (1:06)
  • Paraphrasing (1:24)
  • TELL ME MORE: Paraphrasing (1:53)
  • Quoting (2:33)
  • TELL ME MORE: Quoting (1:38)
  • Rules for citing (0:38)