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ELA Standards: Reading Informational Text

Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Read books first to give you an in depth preview into the subject matter.  Books provide you with convenient information in an easy to use format. No electricity needed.  Books are portable, they can be carried with you and studied. You can read directly from the book without a wireless connection!!

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Joseph Gibaldi; Phyllis Franklin (Foreword by)
Call Number: 808 GIB
ISBN: 0873525655
Publication Date: 1995-05-01
Guide to citing sources, includes many examples.

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Other People's Words - Barbara Francis
Call Number: 808 FRA
ISBN: 076602525x
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
Describes what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

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Ready! Set! Research! - Marvin Terban; Richard Smith (Illustrator)
Call Number: REF 808
ISBN: 0439799872
Publication Date: 2007-07-01
Fast and fun guide to writing research papers.

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Protecting Ideas - David Hudson; Alan Marzilli (Editor)
ISBN: 0791086461
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
Impact on employment, security, wages, unions, labor bargaining, and labor management.

The Common Core requires you to cite your sources!!


Grades 9-10, 8. and Grades 11-12, 8.:   Students are required to research effectively, evaluate information, create their own conclusion and be careful to  "avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation."

Parts of a Citation for a Book:

Author's Last Name



Author's First Name


Title of Book

McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers

City of Publication

New York


McGraw Hill

Year Published






 Last name, First Name.
Title of Book. City: Publisher, Year Published, Print. 

Example: Ellison, Carol.  McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers.  New York: McGraw Hill, 2010, Print.



Last name, First Name. "Article Title." Website Title. Publisher, Date, Month, Year:( Date Electronically Published). Web. Date, Month, Year. (Date Accessed.)

Example:  Delaney, Robert.  "Citation Style for Research Papers."  LIU Post.  Long Island University. 2014.  Web. 13, January, 2014.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL),  created by the English Department of Purdue University, has many examples of citation formats and helpful research and writing guides.

EasyBib is an online citation maker which creates citations for you once you insert the correct data in the form provided.


Citing Sources

Learn about the basics of citing sources.

Bookhiker. "Citing Sources - SchoolTube." SchoolTube. Medina Middle School, 30 Sept. 2012. Web. 08 Jan. 2014. < Sources>.



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How to Cite Your Sources

Using online citation guides will help you correctly format your citation.

We recommend one of the following citation sites.

MLA Quick Citation Guide: includes examples of common citation formats in easy chart form.  Written by Pennsylvania State University.

EasyBib: online tool for formatting citations.

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Excellent resource for citing sources.  Gives you all the details of citations.


In-text Citation

When you are quoting from a source, place the citation next to the material cited.   The most common way to cite in- text is to list the author's last name and the page number.  An example would be "If you quote someone, copy his or her words, exactly and put quotation marks around them. (Terban, 42.)


The bibliography citation would look like this, according to A.L.A. format:

Terban, Marvin. Ready! Set! Research!: Your Fast and Fun Guide to Writing Research Papers That Rock! New York: Scholastic Reference, 2007. Print.,  42.



OOPS! I Plagarized

Learn from the friendly characters Carlos and Eddie at UCLA about when you cite, why you cite and how you cite.

Oops, I Plagiarized

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Words You Should Know

BIBLIOGRAPHY: list of sources consulted for the paper.

CITATION: a quotation, a record of the source of your information.

FAIR USE: the ability to use a small amount of someone's creative work without permission. Limited to certain uses, for example: education.

COMMERCIAL PURPOSES: use connected with business.


How to Cite Pictures from Library of Congress


Where can I find images that people want me to share on line?

Flickr copyright free images

Creative Commons Search

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Copyright friendly toolkit blog by Joyce Valenza, directs you to many copyright free resources.


Guides to Citing Sources

The Purdue Online Writing Lab will explain how to cite your sources, how to protect your research, how to write a paper and how to properly cite your sources.

Easy Bib Citation Basics is a complete guide to MLA Citations.


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