Research Practices

The Social Studies Department takes academic honesty very seriously, and our policies for plagiarism are spelled out clearly in the Student Handbook.  However, they can be boiled down to one simple word: DON’T!

Students are expected to do their own research, and reach their own conclusions in the composition of work that is original and unique to their thought processes. The Department does make use of Turnitin.com for research papers as a means to check the originality of student work. Any student who submits work that is plagiarized will receive a zero on the assignment, and will be required to compose the work again for no credit.

Students are expected to regularly provide attribution for their sources, and all work that is research-based must be accompanied by either a bibliography or a works cited page at the discretion of the instructor. There are numerous citation methodologies used by the Social Sciences, some specific to discipline and others more generalized.  As the methodology with the greatest applicability to the disciplines in the social sciences, the department requires students to follow the guidelines described in Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations, Eighth Edition. An on-line formatting helper is linked up here, for those wishing to make use of it. A quick guide to the formatting of different types of sources, both as footnotes or as bibliographic citations has been made by the BHS Librarian, and is linked up here. The Purdue Online Writing Lab has a good side-by-side comparison of the differences in formatting between the MLA and Chicago styles, and that is linked up here.

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