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College-Level Research Tutorial

This tutorial models and and teaches users how to navigate and reflect on the research process.

Research in Real Life-4

By the end of this Module, you'll learn to:​

  • Build confidence navigating and participating in scholarly conversations ​

  • Identify ethical ways to engage with the ideas and research of others ​

College isn't the only place where you're expected to cite your sources​

When people share information on social media sites like Instagram or Twitter, the mechanism for citing another account is usually built into the app. When Cam goes to share a meme in his Instagram story, the account he's sharing from, if it's not his own, will automatically get tagged so other people can view the original post. However, this system for tagging or "@ing" other Instagram users doesn't work if Cam shares posts from accounts that are posting content that they didn't create or credit. ​

Citing sources isn't just about showing your work or looking credible, it's about honoring the work and creativity of others who are participating in the same scholarly conversation as you. In this module we will learn how to recognize when to cite and how to use citation details to deepen our understanding of complex topics. 

Practical Skills-4

Watch the three videos: 1. Keeping track of the conversation with citations, 2. When to cite, and 3.Putting sources in conversation. Use the arrow commands below the media player to move on to the next video.


Try it Out-4: Citation Hunt

Citation parts help us identify different voices and perspectives in the broader conversation about a subject. For example, publication dates can tell us who shared an idea or finding first. Sometimes it can be challenging to find citation details because each source and search tools display this information differently. Part of college-level research is keeping track of citation information and sharing it with readers. 

Citation Hunt

Review the source or record linked in each question. Fill in the blanks with the correct citation information for each source. Use the "Show Solution"  button to see if you found the right answer.


21st Century Skills-4: Plagiarism as oppression

Plagiarism occurs when a person uses someone else's words or ideas without giving them proper credit. Reusing work you did for a previous assignment-- even though it is your own-- is also considered plagiarism. As a college student, there are consequences for academic misconduct like plagiarism described in the UWM Student Handbook, but there are serious repercussions for plagiarism in the professional realm as well.  At best, failing to distinguish your ideas from the work of others can ruin your credibility, at worst plagiarism can perpetuate systems of oppression like racism and gender-based bias (Chakravartty, Kuo, Grubbs, and McIlwain, 2018; Maliniak, Powers, and Walter 2013; King, Berstrom, Correll, Jacquet, and West, 2020).

1. Follow the Thread

Read the Twitter thread embedded below. In this series of related posts, Dr. Samantha Ege, a professional Musicologist and pianist, shares her experience with having her work plagiarized by a powerful colleague. A text-only transcript of the Twitter thread is located below the embedded tweet.

2. Discuss

  • How is what Rodreguez King-Dorset did different from summarizing or paraphrasing Samantha Ege's work?
  • What are some strategies you could use to avoid plagiarism in your writing and research?

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