Turnitin detects plagiarism in your research paper

Turnitin (“turn it in”) is a web-based service that college admissions offices and teachers use to check for plagiarism in a college admission essay or term paper. More and more college students are plagiarizing essays and research papers.

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students' essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students’ essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

While cheating and plagiarism have been around for centuries, easy access to the web makes copying, purchasing, sharing and pasting papers far more easy. Turnitin began as far back as the 1990s. Read more

‘Research Methods in Education’ validates Google Consumer Surveys

I recently re-read Research Methods in Education, one of the best-selling textbooks on the topic, after using Google Consumer Surveys for the first time. This may appear to be closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, but it could also be seen as a competency-based assessment of prior learning.

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Let’s just say that my re-reading of Part Two of the textbook, which covers planning educational research, seems to validate my questionnaire design, the Google Consumer Surveys sample, as well as the validity and reliability of the results. Read more

5 steps to an impressive research paper

If your first reaction when a professor assigns a research paper involves sweaty palms, increased heart rate or a stomach tied in knots, you’re not alone. Many college students dread writing research papers because the process can seem grueling and much more stressful than simply studying material for an upcoming exam.

Writing a research paper becomes all too common during one's college years. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Writing a research paper becomes all too common during one’s college years. (Credit: Quick Meme)

The good news is that there are many readily available resources you can use to ensure you get a good grade on your research paper – you just have to know where to find them. That’s where we come in. Read on for the five steps to follow if you want a stellar research paper. Read more

Are online courses right for you? Learn the pros and cons

Online college courses and degree programs have become more common in recent years. Taking classes online is an alternative for college students and working adults to pursue their education. More than 7 million people enrolled in online courses last year.

Find out whether online courses are right for you. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Find out whether online courses are right for you. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Some educators praise online learning for improving study habits and responsibility, while others decry online courses for not offering a mentor or personal interaction with an instructor. Here is some need to know information about online classes for your personal student success. Read more

YES, having a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage in the job market

There are many benefits to having LinkedIn.

There are many benefits to having LinkedIn.

You’ve probably heard of the social networking platform LinkedIn, where business professionals upload their experience and job requirements so they can connect with other professionals. You’ve also probably thought that you don’t need to worry about this until you’re a business professional. Think again.

A professional LinkedIn profile offers a student advantage to college students and recent grads. Use LinkedIn for the many opportunities to begin to get your name out there, gain contacts and establish yourself before the real hard work begins. Read more

College student resume and cover letter tips: How to stand out in a field of candidates

Get creative with your resume and cover letter, and you're sure to be remembered at your next interview.

Get creative with your resume and cover letter, and you’re sure to be remembered at your next interview.

When you decide to go job hunting you’ll need a game plan. For the college student, resume and cover letter tips are essential to your success. You may not have the wealth of experience that other candidates have, but there are ways that you can craft your job application materials, and writing a cover letter that emphasizes a unique attribute in a creative way can help you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Keep reading for the best cover letter tips and advice for your college resume.

Resume and cover letter tips

By following these suggestions, you place yourself ahead of those who are too lazy or unskilled to go the extra mile. Read more

Free resources to improve meta tags, deep linking, and SEO

Make your URLs more search-engine-friendly by naming them with clear keywords. (Credit: Bianca Male)

Make your URLs more search-engine-friendly by naming them with clear keywords. (Credit: Bianca Male)

In the December 11, 2013 post for Questia by Lorraine Savage, “What is SEO and why is it important for research?” Savage discussed how important SEO is to someone running a search. But it’s also important if you’re the content provider. If you’re creating an ongoing blog of your research and are trying to make sure that people in your field are noticing your work, you not only have to choose good research topics, but you have to seed your writing with keywords. Here are some tips on free resources to improve things like deep linking and meta tags. Our first tip? Check out Google AdWords keyword planner as an essential free tool to get you started. Read more

What is SEO and why is it important for research?

Be careful when clicking the "I'm feeling lucky" button when searching on Google. (Credit: greyloch)

Be careful when clicking the “I’m feeling lucky” button when searching on Google. (Credit: greyloch)

Searching for good research paper topics online is a lot like searching the library. You first need to know what you’re looking for. SEO, which stands for “search engine optimization,” means getting the most out of using search engines, like Google, Bing and Yahoo, to use your keywords to find appropriate business, history or science articles and books in the bazillion-byte world of the vast Internet. When you search the Internet, you want to find what you’re looking for as quickly as possible. Read more