Information Literacy
Respect the Work of Others Always Cite Resources and Evaluate Internet Resources Before Use!
Computer Chitchat, by Mrs. Nasto



URL: Uniform Resource Locator

A web site address is a URL. It is a coding system for locating files on the Internet. How the computers find web sites on the Internet.
xample Our School's Web Address:


Plagiarism is taking someone else's work, words, graphics, or sounds and presenting it as your own. It is considered cheating and stealing. Copying and pasting sentences and paragraphs from the Internet as your own words is plagiarism.

Did you know failing to cite your resources is considered plagiarism. Additionally, using another student's work/paper is cheating along with turning in the same paper for more than one class year after year. These practices are cheating (plagiarism),  and in High School Plagiarism earns "F's" and "0's" and in college students can even be kicked out. This is a serious offense, beware!

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism:

  1. Avoid Plagiarism Do not copy and paste information (Sentences and Paragraphs) from the Internet and pretend they are your words. 

  2. Read text and summarize information write in your own words.

  3. Paraphrase take notes in your own words.

  4. Clearly mark text and words that are exactly from resource when note taking by using underline or different color fonts/ink.

  5. Do not copy and paste sentences or paragraphs from online resources.

  6. Always cite your resources print, Bookmark or hyperlink all Online resources to properly cite resources.

  7. Try Generate Citations

Learn More:

Beginners: What is Plagiarism? Audio

Intermediate: Student Guide on Plagiarism 

Advanced: Let's Learn More About Plagiarism What Is Plagiarism?

Check This out: Plagiarism Checker



Cite Resources: Generate Citations

This means to give credit to all the resources used for information,  graphics or sounds including  (books, magazines, etc) by documenting and listing resources. Label this section of your work Resources.

Advanced: Resource List is label with a statement students write a sentence giving credit to resources used for information, clipart, graphics, pictures,  animation, movies or sounds.  Give credit to Books, Magazines, Newsletters, Databases or Resource Software.

Internet or Web Resource Format for each grade level:


Grade 2 List one item:

 List the Web site Title at the top of the page.


All About Neptune



Grade 3 & 4 list one item:

 List the Web site URL or web address:


Grade 5 List 2 items:

List the Web site Title at the top of the page AND Web site URL or web address note everything is divided by a period:

All About Neptune.


Middle School 6th and Up List 3 items: Generate Citations

List the Web site URL or web address AND the Web site Title at the top of the page AND Date the information is taken off the Internet note everything is divided by a period. 

These three items are always available: Page title. URL. Date.


Stop Cyberbullying. . 06/2014.



Respecting Copyrights

Respecting copyrights begins with citing resources to give credit to original authors. Everything on the Internet is not free for us to use as our own including literacy work, music, and pictures or graphics unless it is clearly marked FREE or PUBLIC DOMAIN. Creative Commons (CC) work is also free for public to use. When the author marks work (CC) they are giving people the right to use what they have created. Always give credit even if work is free. Respectful users cite (give credit to original authors).

Common symbols of copyright protected material: Copyright Copyright Trade Mark or the text All Rights Reserved. However, even if these symbols and text are not present the work is copyright protected by the original author. So, when in doubt assume it is copyright protected.

Students and teachers have more flexibility to use material for educational purposes in school called Fair Use, but this does not mean they can publish the work of other people to the Internet, newspapers, magazines or in books. Students and teachers must respect copyrights and cite their resources to give original author credit and seek the original author's permission when necessary.

When publishing work online and sharing work through Social Networks like Facebook students and teachers must respect and obey copyrights.

Advance Copyright Knowledge Learn More:

Give a Hoot About Copyrights (Copyrighted & Not Copyrighted)

Copyrights Interactive Study Tool

Copyright and the Web The Right Stuff  Respect Copyrights

More Copyright Resources



The Challenge of Evaluating Information on the Internet:
You Are a Consumer of Information Beware and Thinking!
Remember Not Every thing on the Internet is True!

 Clues to look for and think about be an investigator:
  1. DOMAIN .edu and .gov are highly fact checked, good & reliable domains to use.
  2. PUBLISHER  - use domain clue or the ABOUT page, Google it.
    Research if they have earned publishing authority on the topic?
  3. Author  - Who? Expert? Qualified Authors on the subject? Sponsors?
    Look for the About Page, Google Review Author
    Look for author sites. No Author Why not?
  4. Content  - is it reliable, quality, good, unbiased and accurate information?
    Check to see if they are citing their resources look at their resources.
  5. DATE is information current? Is the date relevant to the information.
  6. Appearance: Is the site being maintained? Is the site free of Errors?
    (Spelling, grammar) Does the site function correctly?
Fact: Open Domains such as .com, .org .net anyone can have they can be good like Brainpop with reliable information or they can be bias, opinions, untruths or twisted truths. Evaluate before using.

Evaluating Information More Resources:

Evaluating Website


 Evaluating Websites



I would like to give Credit to the Following Resources:

Student Guide on Plagiarism 


Page Last Updated 06/04/2020
Mrs. Nasto, Computer Teacher

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Created: 06/04/20.