January 29-31

Monday- Tuesday: No school these days due to the weather

Wednesday: The last group taught their grammar lesson, and we talked about plagiarism and how to gather information for the research paper of science fair.  Students are encouraged to visit the public library to get more sources for their papers.  See post below on how we go about writing the research paper.

Thursday: Today we went to the computer lab to work on science fair research.  One thing that we need to remember are to use in-text citations.  Check out the explanation of in-text citations below.

In-text Citations

When a writer either quotes a specific source or refers to information from a specific source, he gives credit to that source by putting the author’s name and page number in parentheses at the end of the quote or sentence. These are called in-text citations.  Even though we write a bibliography of all the websites and books we used to learn new information, we still need to let the reader know which sections of our paper came from which source.  This makes it so much easier for the reader to find out more about a particular fact in your paper, and it’s the proper way to give credit to the author we learned from.

In-text Citations for Books

Put the author’s last name and the page number where you got your information.  You need to do this if it’s a quote, but you also need to do it even if it’s a paraphrase (in your own words).

“Regulated sport hunting has never driven any wild species into extinction” (Turbank 74).

Though the number of lion attacks on humans is low, the rate of increase of attacks since the 1960s is cause for serious concern (Rychnovsky 43).

In-text Citations for Books with more than one author

Put both authors’ name and the page number where you learned the new information.

The adult mountain lion population in California is at four to six thousand (Huxley and Smith 23).

In-text Citations for works without an author

If the author is not given, either use the complete title in a signal phrase or use a short form of the title in the parentheses.

In California, fish and game officials estimate that since 1972 lion numbers have increased from 2,400 to at least 6,000 (“Lion” 21).

In-text Citations for an internet source

Put the website in parentheses.  Do not put the entire web address, only the name of the website.

Example: There are 200 dogs in Bemidji (education.com).  There are 200 dogs in Bemidji (http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Dogs_Bemidji/2145)

Friday: Today was the first day with our wonderful sub Mrs. Corrington!  Baby Jude came a little earlier than his due date, so I wasn’t able to be there for my last day with the students this year.  We had our beautiful baby boy at 5 PM today.  He is our little miracle, but I will still miss the students immensely and will pray for each and every one of you daily.  I am so proud of their progress.  God bless the rest of your school year!

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