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English 1 B - Banerjee: Evaluation and Plagiarism

instructor: Banerjee


Evaluating Websites and Other Sources

Not all sources on the internet are appropriate for a college research paper. Consider...

  • Who is the author?
  • Why was it written -- for what purpose, organization, or audience?
  • When was it written?
  • Does it include references or a works cited list?

If you cannot determine the credibility of the information you are using from a website, it's best not to use it to factually support your argument. Using biased or inaccurate information in your paper can negatively impact your grade.



Plagiarism is the copying or close imitation of information from a published source.
 Plagiarism is not allowed at Evergreen Valley College. If a student is caught plagiarizing, he or she could fail the class or even be expelled. To avoid plagiarism you must put quotation marks around information that is directly copied from a sorce and cite all thoughts, ideas, arguments, research, quotations and obscure facts taken from your sources using a recognized citation format like MLA.

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Wikipedia and encyclopedias

Wikipedia is a free-content online encyclopedia written and maintained by a community of volunteers, known as Wikipedians, through open collaboration and the use of the wiki-based editing system MediaWiki. Wikipedia is the largest and most-read reference work in history. Wikipedia

Created by: Jimmy WalesLarry Sanger

Owner: Wikimedia Foundation

Launch date: January 15, 2001

Available in: 326 languages


Use encyclopedias, dictionaries, Wikipedia and ChatGPT to help you explore topics or understand words and concepts in your assignment. They should not be used for your research. They are not an academic source. Whatever you copy from the Internet, a book or an article should be documented (cited). 

SIFT evaluation


You need to create an account on the OpenAI website to log in and access ChatGPT, but it is free.

How to use ChatGPT  ZDnet

How do you use ChatGPT effectively?

 Be specific. The more specific you are in your prompt, the better. ChatGPT will be able to understand what you want. 

Use examples Set a length limit Be patient

Privacy concerns: When you share personal information with ChatGPT, you run the risk of that information being accessed or intercepted by unauthorized parties. This could happen if the data is stored insecurely or if the system has a vulnerability that allows hackers to access the information. Apr 16, 2023

Risk of Using Personal and Professional Information in ChatGPT

Why you should not substitute your own essay for a ChatGPT result  (the citation only cites ChatGpT)

Essay on Ethanol

OpenAI. (2024). ChatGPT (3.5) [Large language model].