Below are links to helpful videos and tutorials about where and how to search for information and how to evaluate and integrate sources.
When you conduct research and write a paper based on that investigation, you are entering a scholarly conversation with those who have discussed the topic before you. In order to direct your reader (in this case, your peers and your instructor) to this previously published information, you will create a bibliography--or Works Cited page--listing the primary and secondary sources you consulted. You will also attribute any direct quotations you use in your paper to the appropriate authors (in-text citation). It's important to cite your sources accurately and provide a clear path that your audience can follow to access each source.
This is a helpful video from the University of North Carolina Writing Center about why we cite: https://youtu.be/96Sq6Ptnq3UHere's a post from Yale's Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning on the same topic: https://poorvucenter.yale.edu/undergraduates/using-sources/principles-citing-sources/why-cite
Below are links to frequently used citation styles. Ask your instructor which format they prefer.
MLA Citation Style Guide: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html
Chicago Manual of Style Guide: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html
The Writing Center at OSU's Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing offers free help with writing at any stage of the writing process for any member of the university community.
Here is the link to make an appointment: https://cstw.osu.edu/make-writing-center-appointment
Here is a link to their tips and tools page: https://cstw.osu.edu/tips-and-tools
Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) are committed to creating an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities. They partner with students, faculty and staff to design accessible environments and to provide academic accommodations and support services.
Here is a link to an overview of their services: https://slds.osu.edu/about-us/
Guidelines from OSU's Digital Accessibility Services: https://das.osu.edu/getting-started/producing-accessible-digital-content
More information under the "Presenting your Research" tab on the left of this page.
Background or reference sources provide concise, contextual information on a topic (bibliographies, biographical information, dates, timelines, etc.). You can also use these sources to to find keywords to use for searching online library databases and library catalogs for books and articles on your topic. These are also called tertiary sources.
Primary sources are the raw materials of history —original documents and objects which were created at the
time under study (Library of Congress). Examples include an 18th-century newspaper, Samuel Pepys' diary, William Wordsworth's poem, Desideria, and Zadie Smith's novel, On Beauty.
Secondary sources like scholarly books and articles discuss, interpret, and/or critique primary sources.