Research – How to Use this Site

How to Research for an Assignment

There are a number of aspects a student must consider when collecting information and using it to produce an assignment.

Listing or Referencing all Sources

It is important to make a list of all of the sources that you use to provide information for your work. Listing www.google.com is not a reference. All sources, electronic or otherwise must be listed with as much information as possible, provide the title, author and date of publication if possible. Start your list when you start your research, don’t try and do it at the end.

Writing in your Own Words

It is tempting to cut and paste large chunks of information from websites that seem to answer all of your questions. This is dangerous for a number of reasons:
- You need to collect information and verify this from a variety of sources to confirm its accuracy (see website reliability information for more detail on assessing websites) 
- You must ensure that the question that you are being asked is answered in the text
- You must avoid plagiarism

Plagiarism

What is plagiarism? Stealing someone else’s words (or work) and passing them off as your own. School’s and universities take the issue of plagiarism very seriously and it is not acceptable.
'Plagiarism is when you pretend that you have written or created a piece of work that someone else originated. It is cheating, it is dishonest, and it could jeopardise your HSC exam results.'
(Board of Studies, HSC Assessments and Submitted Works, Advice to Students, 2006)

Researching Effectively:

To answer the questions that your teacher has set for you, you must be clear on a number of things - 
What does the question ask me to do? 
What are the key terms and have I made reference to them? 
What do I think about this topic? 
What information is out there? 
Which information is best, are some sources more reliable than others? 
Have I answered the question?

For More Information:

HSC : All my Own Work Program  http://amow.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/
The All My Own Work program is designed to help Higher School Certificate students to follow the principles and practices of good scholarship. This includes understanding and valuing ethical practices when locating and using information as part of their HSC studies.