Students will be researching throughout the course, and these resources provide ways to teach research techniques and using ethically (avoiding plagiarism).
Easy Writer Section 40
Brief 5-page section on integrating sources and avoiding plagiarism, including yellow text box just above for Multilingual writers on the Western idea of citing intellectual property
Critical Situations Workshop 6:"Ethics and the Use of Evidence"
When revising a paper, this workshop gives several questions students can ask themselves or their peer review partner to make sure they have used their sources responsibly by putting it in context and citing it correctly.
Critical Situations Workshop 13:"Readers Responding"
Explains what critical reading is and how it will help students write better papers.
Using and Framing Direct Quotations
List of Think Tanks
Particularly useful in Unit 1 but could be handy in other units, this list of think tanks is a source of policy proposals and partisan viewpoints on a wide range of policy issues.
Library's 398T site
The RHE 306 librarians have created incredible tools to help you teach research skills to your students. Each topic is thoroughly explained, then variants for incorporating the skill in class are listed according to how much (or how little) access to technology you have.
**The page includes a link on the left to reserve a computer classroom in PCL.**
Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals
This library web page could be useful in any unit to help students determine if the article they’ve found electronically is written for a popular or scholarly audience. Also links to Ullrich’s Periodicals Directory, which is another way that students can check their source’s audience.
Library Plagiarism Tutorial
This interactive tutorial includes a plain English definition, explanation of possible consequences, and quiz questions about situations that may or may not be plagiarism according to UT’s policy.
Library Citation Tutorial
This animated explanation of what citations are, how to create them, and how to find articles from citations would be especially helpful in Unit 1 when students are conducting a lot of research and are unsure about how to cite sources in MLA format.
Citation Scavenger Hunt
This activity and handout provide a way for AIs to expose students to the handbook as a resource during class; the quiz can easily be rewritten to emphasize different topics
Online Citation Scavenger Hunt
This one uses the OWL at Purdue site and has questions about online sources.
Comparing citation styles for different audiences
To demonstrate the rhetorical purpose of academic citation format, you could compare three kinds of documents that the students might turn up in their research. A blog might provide links to their sources. A newspaper column arguing a similar point might reference some noted sources, but won't (and doesn't need to) provide all source citations. But an academic article or reference article needs to provide its sources so that academic readers can verify the information for themselves. Too often, undergraduates see citation requirements purely as avoiding punishment for plagiarism, but the fact that citations are a rhetorical feature of academic writing gets lost.
Using a Wiki to Cite Sources
This lesson plan allows students to generate and get feedback on their citations before a paper is due. It encourages students to learn from their classmates' citation practices, and it also facilitates conversations on citation in the classroom.
Refining LexisNexis searches to locate longer opinion pieces & exclude letters to the editor.
This page walks you through the process of refining LexisNexis search terms in order to avoid some of the common pitfalls students encounter.
Library worksheet for identifying bias
Jake Cowan's guide to Google provides students with tips about how to use the search engine in complex ways that speak to the needs of Unit 1 and Essay 1.1.