27 Sep Importance of Using Resources in an Assignment
A good assignment needs a ton of information to justify its objective. One cannot finish an entire paper with their own knowledge and will have to rely on outside sources to gather the necessary information for observation and calculation purposes. Using sources in an assignment requires several protocols which are not mandatory, but it gives a sense of professionalism and credit to the original writers for their ideas and research. If you don’t have information about a certain part of the topic you are doing your research and gather the information from somewhere else, it requires you to cite your source. It becomes unethical and unprofessional to use someone else’s study without giving credits to them and can also affect your grades.
If you do not give credit to someone for using their written work in your assignment, it means that you are claiming their work as your own and it will cause your assignment to be accounted with plagiarism. There are different consequences of plagiarism in different college and universities which will, in most cases, affect your assignment grades. It is suggested that you give proper credit to the author, publisher, organization, etc., for using their information, especilly when it comes to a subject like math, which can.
If the source of information is from your own previous papers, then you become the author of the sources information. So while using your own work in your new papers, you need to cite your old work correctly. Otherwise, you can get accused of self-plagiarism, which is also considered an offence in some of the universities in the world.
There are different ways of gathering information to construct new knowledge. It can be done by a mere interaction or interview with a fellow student, a professor, or any professional in the field of your study. Or you can gather the information through books, newspapers, and the internet. Here is what to keep in mind while looking for sources.
Know what is required
Check for your guidance notes given by your professor about your assignment. Find out the things which are being asked in your assignment. Think about the information you need apart from the data that you already have. Find the gaps in your knowledge and do all-round research of things you find out. Decide on how much detail you need about your topic and base your sources (such as library, the internet) on your requirement.
Evaluate what you find
Before you start using the information you gathered, you need to filter out the excessive, unnecessary information that you have. This can be done by checking how accurate the information is according to the author, what was the objective of the source when it was created, and when was it last updated. This will make you weed out the junk information so you can get a set of key points for your study.