21 September 2012

Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide ala Harry Potter!

source:  http://www.katehart.net/2012/06/citing-sources-quick-and-graphic-guide.html 

In keeping with the “youth” theme of the previous post though in the context of a very important for us genealogists and family historians – avoiding plagiarism, Kate Hart has posted a graphic “A Magical Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism” based on J K Rowling and her Harry Potter book series.

I know that many young adults, from about 15-21 and even some older folks, are familiar with this book series and/or the movies subsequently filmed. I will confess that I read these books every morning for years to wake up a sleepy-headed daughter – they gave us a way to connect every day.

Plagiarism is as much an issue in genealogy as are ineffective source citations!  One must always give credit to sources (whether databases or people) and NOT represent the hard efforts of others as if our own!

The poster is a lighthearted and yet serious look at plagiarism.  Don’t just look at the poster and do look at the comments posted before and after!

What a great thing to share with young adults, grandchildren or other “younger” folks as they get more into “research” and hopefully of the family history variety.

Are there other “neat” tools to help us mentor the next generation of family historians?

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