Research Concepts & Skills  

Research concepts and skills tutorials can help you develop skills, such as evaluating information or conducting a search strategy. The Academic Integrity Collection at the University of Southern California is a series of tutorials presented by the USC Libraries in collaboration with USC’s Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards and include printable certificates. All tutorials are HTML5, if you are having browser compatibility issues please try the Adobe Flash version.

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Avoiding Plagiarism
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Part of the Academic Integrity Collection
Covers referencing, paraphrasing, and quotation. 

Organizing Your Sources to Avoid Plagiarism
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Part of the Academic Integrity Collection
Covers how to create a research plan, keep track of sources, and avoid unintentional plagiarism.

Academic Dishonesty
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Part of the Academic Integrity Collection
Covers unauthorized collaboration, cheating, falsifying records, and other elements of academic dishonesty.

Knowing Where to Look
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Not all information you need can be found in the databases or a Google search. This covers where to look for the different types of information you need.

Evaluating Sources

Developing Keywords
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Many times, a good database search is just a matter of the right keywords. This covers how to develop keywords from a research question, and how to modify them for better results.

Evaluating Sources
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Not all sources are created equal! This tutorial covers the basics of how to tell if a source is appropriate for your assignment and research need.

Crafting a Good Research Question
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Covers strategies for developing an interesting and manageable research question by brainstorming and exploring resources.
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Tools and How-tos

Many databases have help documentation within their platforms, look for the "help" or "support" links within the platforms for additional assistance.

Managing Your Research - A recording of the Keeping Current @ the USC Libraries' "Managing Your Research" workshop on February 22, 2016. Librarians discuss the citation managers RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero, how they differ, and how to use them.

For questions and comments about the Academic Integrity Collection tutorials, please contact Library Instruction at libinstr@usc.edu

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