Example of a bibliography (or sources consulted in this document) from one of Mrs. Kent's own research papers from library school:
Whoa? What's that?
Start by watching this video. It's < 5 minutes.
Next, read the passages below and follow the links.
Finally, complete the student activity at the end.
Citing your sources is a fancy way of noting the different resources you might have used to compile information for a research paper or project.
You do this to avoid plagiarism. This is when you pass someone else's ideas off as your own. It's also considered stealing. Not good. Not being a leader. Not thinking win-win. What if you developed a video game or app and someone else took credit for it? Or you wrote a song and another singer recorded it without giving you credit? How would you feel?
Resources you use to find information can be almost anything imaginable - newspapers, books, magazines, online databases/articles, websites, handouts, interviews, videos, text messages and pictures..
You simply take key pieces of information from the source - author, title, publisher, copyright date, web address, etc. and record them in a special format to make it easy for someone else to locate the same resource at a later time. (Don't fret! Many electronic databses in the Cobb Digital Library have a feature that will generate the the citation for you.) Your teacher may use your citations to spot check your resources when grading a paper. You can check up on Mrs. Kent to see if she used a real article by going here and here. The citations should match the second and fifth ones on the paper posted above. Just so you know, information isn't always free! (Do NOT pay for these articles!) Take care to cite your resource correctly because a fellow student may want to use the same article for his/her own research project.
The sources that you cite are generally compiled into a bibliography - which is an alphabetical list of all the resources you used in writing your paper.
There are different ways to cite your sources, too! The Cobb County School District follows the MLA (or Modern Language Association) format. The paper Mrs. Kent showed in class from her graduate school days used the APA (or American Psychological Association) format. The field of Library Science uses APA as its standard form of citation.
Learning to cite sources can be a little tricky. However, with practice (and a few technology tools), you'll be citation masters in no time!
Resources for this lesson:
MLA citation forms (print the one you need based on the type of resource used)
MLA quick guide
Lesson plan and handouts from Common Sense Media (teacher use)
Classroom activity websites:
If you look on the CAREing Paws website, scroll down the main page until you see "In the News". Look for an article about Kayla the 3-legged dog. It will be in a little Scribd box like Mrs. Kent's bibliography example above.
This is actually an upload of a printed magazine article, so we'll use a modified version of the PRINT citation form. (Look at the MLA quick guide for specifics.)
PRINT ONLY CITATION:
Johnson, Morieka. "Fridays with Kayla." Living Intown. Jul.-Aug. 2014: 21+. Print.
EXACT COPY OF PRINT ACCESSED ONLINE:
Johnson, Morieka. "Fridays with Kayla." Living Intown. Jul.-Aug. 2014: n. pag. CAREingpaws.com . Web. 3 Sept. 2014.
Note: Citation guidelines are updated every so often. You may see some MLA citations with the website after the last accessed date instead of before it. - Mrs. Kent.
Visit these sites and answer the questions. Cite your source in proper MLA format. Refer to your class handouts or the resources listed above for detailed information on putting things in the proper form. Remember, it's a simply matter of matching up the information with the correct box. If you can't find the information, leave that part blank and move on. We will review answers together in class.
Reading Education Assistance Dogs
How do I become a R.E.A.D. team?
How do therapy dogs help kids improve their reading?
CAREing Paws (look under Welcome and Meet Our Teams)
How long has Bingo been a therapy dog?
What is Daisy's favorite activity?
Which facilties do both dogs visit?
Boomer's Blog (look for entry titled, "Woof, Woof, Woof!")
What's Boomer's favorite food?
Mrs. Kent, Media Specialist