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Changes to MLA Format 2016


WebCheck is designed to help middle school and high school students think about the features that make a Website valuable and credible. After answering a list of comprehensive questions to determine design, helpfulness, organization and ease of use, the resource generates a report that grades the Website on those criteria.


Website Evaluation

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Why Can't I Use Wikipedia



Plagiarism Tutorial 9th Grade


Plagiarism Tutorial 10th Grade


Plagiarism Tutorial 11th Grade


Plagiarism Tutorial 12th Grade

Citing Images

To identify the original source of an online image in Google Images click on "source" link beside the image. This takes you to the place where the image was embedded. For example, here is a MLA citation for a picture of a butterfly found in Google Images: 

"Viceroy Butterfly." Wikipedia. Wikipedia Foundation, 22 August 2005. Web. 20 March 2014.


According to the MLA handbook, if an image exists in another medium (work of art) prior to the Internet, the citation should reference the history.

Michelangelo. Pieta. 1498-1499. Marble. St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. Top 7 Places to

      Pray at St. Peter's. SaintPeter'sBasillica.org. 1987. Web. 20 March. 2014.


A Born Digital Image

Images that have been created for the Web using digital cameras can be cited as "born digital." Photos stored on Flickr are an example of such an impage. When you cite a photo that has no prior location you use the database or collection where the image was found. 

"Let the Stick Wars Begin' by Diane Rice. Flickr. Yahoo. 18 March 2014. Web. 21 March 2014. 


You do not need to cite images stored in Creative Commons or those labeled as "copyright free." 

When using images in a presentation (PowerPoint) the citation can go at the end on a separate slide. If the slide is going to be used again in other presentations put the citation below the image on the slide that contains the image. 

  • Citing a Photo
    Noodle Tools has an excellent flow chart to explain the considerations and steps for citing an image in a research paper.

Website Evaluation Survey


Providing Information Acess to Students


Plagiarism Tutorial

The Plagiarism tutorial has a table of contents on the left which include: citation styles, paraphrasing, World Cited pages, and plagiarism. The tutorial is almost 6:00 minutes long.

  • Plagiarism tutorial
    Instructional video on the ethical use of information. Created by Maureen Spokes

Where the Mighty have fallen

The document below carries cautionary tales of men of distinction who were convicted of plagiarism. 

Copyright Guides

Below are a list of copyright libguides to use as quick reference for the ethical use of information

  • PVCC Guide to Copyright
    Crystal Newell, a librarian at PVCC, and creator of this guide, gave us permission to use this treasure trove of copyright informational links.

Internet Safety and Education

  • Common Sense Media
    Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

Copyright Free images

  • Photo Free images
    There are over fifteen sites that provide a wide range of digital images. Each site has a different license, but all allow students to use the photos in projects. The licenses on each site are straight-forward and make great teaching tools.
  • Bound by Law
    Duke University uses a comic book to explain copyright law and Fair Use issues.


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