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"He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.  It is the means that determines the end."  Harry Emerson



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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. -- Confucius, 551-479 B.C.


Cindy’s Favorite Sites to Avoid Plagiarism

Whatever name you want to give it, plagiarism, academic integrity, copyright infringement they all have misplaced the fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.  Not to mention, it’s against the law as stated in the Grand Canyon University, Institutional Information Document (2015-2016. pg. 3):


Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the

copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce

or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without

authority constitutes an infringement.


Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement

may be subject to the following penalties:

·       Actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed.

·       For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court may, at its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

·       Willful copyright infringement may also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.


For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at copyright.gov especially their FAQs at copyright.gov/help/faq 


APA Focus


·       Create a Header and Title Page

·       APA Game

·       APA Guidelines by the Staff of OWL

·       APA 6th Edition Guideline

·       Setup Word settings to address APA formatting

·       Setup Word 2010 to address APA formatting

·       Setup a Reference Page

·       Quick APA Answers on References

·       Citations Made Easy @ KnightCite

·       Organize your Research with Google Drive

·       OWL Website

·       Sample APA Style Paper



Turnitin is an Internet-based plagiarism-prevention service

·       Turn It In (TII) Video

·       Explore TII

·       Resources to Prevent Plagiarism

·       Understanding & Preventing Plagiarism






Writing & Research Skills

·       GCU Learning Lounge

·       The Writer’s Handbook on Parenthetical Citations

·       My Favorite quick look-up - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

·       Grammarly to Write Better

·       Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

·       GCU Student Success Center

·       Research & Citation Resources

·       Writing Tips

·       A Research Guide for Students

·       Merriam-Webster On-line Language Center

·       How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay



Library Research

"Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."  Samuel Johnson

Education Research Guide is here:  http://libguides.gcu.edu/education

GCU Library Webinars and Workshops http://libguides.gcu.edu/webinars

The direct link to the Library's tutorials is here: http://libguides.gcu.edu/tutorials


GCU Library can also create a customized online webinar just for our class in a particular course.  If we have several dates or times in mind, when most of us may be able to gather together, the library can do an instructional virtual webinar via GoToMeeting just for our classes.  We can focus on specific assignments, provide a general overview on best searching strategies, and review proper APA formatting.  The library would be happy to run it on several days to accommodate everyone's schedules if needed.


Learning Strategies to Succeed in College

·        Planning for Success: Setting SMART Goals

·        Freshman Guide to the College Transition

·        Virtual Field Trips

·        Study Guides & Strategies

·        Study Skills

·        Study Tips

·        Create a Study Space

·        Learning Styles

·        A Guide to Learning Styles

·        Test Taking Strategies

·        More Test Taking Strategies


Keyboarding & Word Processing

·       College Keyboarding and Document Processing

·       Word Tutorial

·       Create a Table of Contents in Word 2007 – Very similar for 2010 and 2016

·       Word 2010 Reference Feature

·       Test your typing skills

·       Microsoft Office 2013 Tutorials


Excel Resources

·        Introduction to Microsoft Excel

·        100 Excel Tips and Tricks

·        100 Excel Functions

·        100 Pivot Table Tips and Tricks

·        Excel Blog

·        Great Excel Tutorials

·        Automate Excel

·        Pearson’s Comprehensive Excel Processing

·        Online Tips and Techniques

·        View How 2's (Even though it’s pre 2007 the videos are still helpful)

·        Spreadsheet Templates (Great Templates for Teachers)



·        60 Sample Business Letters

·        Email Netiquette Java security settings must have http://www.albion.com added in order to run. 




exit sign.gif  exit sign.gifThank you for a wonderful journey! Your self-learning starts from here!  "It is good to have an end to journey toward,

but it is the journey that matters in the end." --Ursula K. LeGuin



Updated 6/23/2019

Email Address:         Cindy.Barnes@my.gcu.edu
Phone Number:         (480) 685-0116
Postal Address:         Grand Canyon University





Grand Canyon University. (2015-2016). Institutional Information. Retrieved from http://www.gcu.edu/Documents/Consumer-Information/Institutional-Information-9-30.pdf