Welcome to my new ‘series’ of blogs on how the library and the teacher librarian can help you.
One of the most important things to learn in terms of being a life long learner is that every article that is written, every photo that is taken, every book that is created is owned by someone. You cannot just use a photo or a quote or often, even an idea without referencing where it is from or whom it belongs to. If you do, this is what is known as plagarism.
To avoid plagarism you need to learn how to reference your work and create a bibliography. To help you do this the library now has an app called CiteMaker.
CiteMaker allows you save your references as you research in a very professional manner. (Mr Donaldson has even used it!)
It actually teaches you as you go. Some examples are below:
- the order in which to create a bibliography ie books first
- what information you need about the author
- whether you need information like page numbers
- how to reference digital information – email, podcast, blogs, website
You can then export your saved bibliography and attach it to your essay or research project – assured and happy that it has been done professionally, to university standard.
If you need help on how to start using it – pop into the library to see me.
New Year, big ideas, goals to set, things to achieve, and what better place to start than the library. Obviously, I read a ridiculous amount in the holidays – both eBooks and the real thing. I was the sensible person in my family and loaded my iPad with several books before setting off to Rarotonga. They – my family – all had to share Department 19 and stalked eachother until the ‘reader’ had managed to devour it in superhuman time.
Anyway, what better time of year is there to start a reading challenge. I’m doing it, my Year 10 class is doing it, they just don’t know it, and the English Department is doing it! So why don’t you?
I can email you the printable version – just contact me in the College Library.