Academic skills are the foundation of successful learning at university. This section will explain the academic skills you'll need to (1) write reports and research papers, (2) find information, (3) get help from library staff, (4) order books from another Kindai library and use other libraries, and (5) take part in workshops.
1. Writing Reports and Research Papers
1-1. How to Write a Report
1-2. How to Write a Bibliography
The format for bibliographies may differ depending on the field of study. When you submit a report, make sure to use the bibliography format specified by your instructor.
1-3. About Citations
Cite portions of copyrighted works (books, research papers and articles in journals, websites, etc.) only if all of the following conditions are met.
- A citation is necessary.
- The report consists mainly of your ideas and the citation is only to support your ideas.
- The citations use quotation marks or some other method of distinguishing them from you own ideas.
- You cite the source of the copyrighted material you are using.
1-4. Copying and Pasting without Citations Is Plagiarism
Simply copying and pasting from reference material without properly citing it is plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking someone else's research paper or work and passing it off as your own. This is an infringement of copyright and can be subject to fines or imprisonment.
2. Finding Information
Besides using search engines such as Google, try the following sites, fee-based databases under contract with the library, and free databases created by public organizations.
If you are going to use information you obtained in searches (books, research papers and articles in journals, websites, etc.), assess the information to make sure it is correct and reliable. Examine it from all angles; for example, confirm the content, author, publisher, and where and when the information originated.
2-1. Research Help
2-2. Guide to Research Materials for Each Faculty in Kindai Libraries
Here you'll find short primers made by Kindai librarians on how to find materials and databases useful for learning or research in your faculty.（Some of the linked materials are only in Japanese.）
2-3. Assess It before You Use It
Use information from your searches (books, research papers and articles in journals, websites, etc.) only after confirming the following.
- Who wrote it? (author, editor)
- When was it created? (published date)
- Where did it come from? (publishing company, government, or individual)
- Is it accurate?
- Has it been assessed by an expert in that field?
- Is it relevant to the report you want to write?
3. Getting Help from Library Staff (Higashiosaka Campus)
Feel free to consult with library staff anytime on things like how to search for materials, use databases, and write reports and graduation theses.
4. Ordering Books from Another Kindai Library, Using Other Libraries (Higashiosaka Campus)
You can access materials not available on your campus or at Kindai University.
5. Taking Part in Workshops (Higashiosaka Campus)
Join one of the numerous workshops held by the library. We also do workshops by request for groups of three or more people.
Persons Outside the Higashiosaka Campus
Regarding items 3, 4, and 5 (3. Getting help from library staff; 4. Ordering books from another Kindai library, using other libraries; 5. Taking part in workshops), please inquire at the library on your campus.
- Some of the linked materials or pages are only in Japanese.
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