On a sheet of paper properly cite each of the following sources using an acceptable citation format. HINT: You may use the class website to help you with this assignment.


To find the stories, simply click on the blue links.


Note: When you use on-line sources that also have a print version, (e.g. Boston Globe / bostonglobe.com) cite the version you used, ie [ONLINE] or [PRINT].


However, since we are unable to reproduce books, magazines and similar works on an electronic medium, for the sake of getting practice citing print sources, use only the Web citation method if instructed. Otherwise, treat the source as if you were in the library and holding it in your hands.


Source 1: A news story (pick the day's top story) from USA Today's Web site. (Citation for a Web source)


Source 2: A sports feature (pick the day's top sports story) from the Boston Globe. (Citation for a print source)


Source 3: Information associated with schoolnotes educational institution's Web site. (Citation for a Web source)




Number the back of your paper from 1-8.

Write your response (YES or NO) and your supporting arguments for your answer on the paper. For full credit, you MUST have arguments to support your points. You do NOT need to write the questions.


Knowledge Quiz


1.      As you browse through a book dealing with your topic, you come across a sentence that states very clearly a point you would like to make in your term paper. You add the sentence to your paper exactly as you see it and reference the book. Later a friend tells you that you did not have to do that for one meager sentence. You need only reference material when you use a "substantial amount" from a book or article. Is your friend correct?




2.      While surfing the web, you have come across some really nice looking images that you would like to have on your homepage. Is it all right to download any graphics you find on the internet?




3.      One of your class assignments is to view a video available in the Media Resources Center of Carrier Library. After taking the video home, you find that you don't have to time to view it and make a copy for viewing at a later time. Is this OK?




4.      After browsing an article in a scholarly journal, you decide that you would like to make a copy of the article to take home and examine more closely for your research. Do you have to get permission from the author or the journal to do so?




5.      You are using word processing software in one of the campus computer labs and you decide that you would like to go home and continue working on your own computer. However, you do not like the word processor on your home computer. So, you copy the word processor from the lab to several floppy diskettes and take it home to load on your machine. Is this OK?




6.      Suppose you find a great article in a magazine and want all your friends and acquaintences to read it. Is it fine to make multiple copies (say 20 or 30 copies) and distribute them without the author's or magazine's permission?




7.      As a favor to your dormitory, you check out a movie on video from the Media Resources Center in Carrier Library and show it during the evening in the lounge. Is it OK to do this?




8.      If you find a fact reported the same way in three different sources, is it true that you don't have to document it because it's "common knowledge?"




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