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Student Success Seminar-Learn About Your Library!: Research Process

Use this lesson to learn about your library, learn when and how to get help from the library.

Please review this page and watch the videos before taking the quiz in BlackBoard. 

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The typical research process includes modifying the original topic and talking to your professor about your topic or your sources!


Common Knowledge: Information that is widely known, easily verified, not readily attributable to a single originator or source and therefore does not need to be cited; however, what may be common knowledge in one culture, nation, academic discipline, or peer group may NOT be common knowledge in another.

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Did you know that as a Stark State College student you also have access to the Kent State Stark Library!

Plagiarism: Is knowingly or unknowingly taking another person’s words, language, thoughts, ideas and/or expressions and presenting them as your own original work.

Attribution: Giving credit for writing, art, formula, or other ideas to the originator. (Example: Citing the original author of an idea used in research.)

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It is important to read your assignment carefully before beginning your research! Each assignment has its own set of requirements. 

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The research process includes looking at multiple types of sources that may include scholarly journals, credible websites, interviews, and more!

Types of Plagiarism

Direct Plagiarism (a.k.a. Copy & Paste) – to copy word for word text from original source material and use it without  attribution.


Mosaic Plagiarism (a.k.a. Scaffolding or Rogeting) – to use phrases and ideas from a source without quotation or attribution often by finding synonyms for the author’s original language while keeping the same format and/or structure found in the original work.


Self Plagiarism – to use one’s own previous work from another class or situation without citing that you used it before.