Select your region from one of the tabs above. Each page contains approved websites for your colony project. Remember to write which websites you use at the bottom of each Scripted Notes page. Read the info below before moving forward.
Remember to put all information IN YOUR OWN WORDS so you do not plagiarize. This can be difficult, especially when learning simple facts. Remember, the easiest way to put information in your own words is to read your information and then look away from your source (book, internet article, etc). Then, explain what you just learned. This will help you put the information into words of your own. Sometimes people can even plagiarize accidentally (it's still considered plagiarism). So afterwards, look back at your source. Is your explanation worded differently? If not (or if you only changed a few words), then you must try again. This is one of the most difficult things about researching, but with practice you will get better! Word hard at it.
What does plagiarize mean?
The word plagiarize comes from a Latin word for kidnapping. We know what kidnapping means, right?...to steal someone. Plagiarism is when someone steals someone else's words or ideas. We make sure that we do not plagiarize by writing down the websites and authors of the original information. This way they can receive credit for their work. This is what your teacher is asking you to do - to site your information so you give the original author credit and prevent yourself from plagiarizing. Now, there are special rules for when you use the exact words from a source. Even though you provided the website from which you received your information, you still have to put that information into your own words. If you use direct quotes from the sources (sentences in their words), the information must be in quotes and the author must be stated WITHIN your writing. So, for this assignment, all information must be in your own words and the sources used must be written in the margins of your Scripted Notes.