Today we will set up your NoodleTools account. NoodleTools is a software that helps you keep track of all your sources and citations for your research project. You will log in with your school Google account.
You can share your NoodleTools project with your team members so you can work together. Your teacher will also have access so he can advise you on your annotations.
A former LCHS student was accepted to UC Berkeley. This student was put on Academic Probation at Berkeley for not properly documenting their research or citing sources. Assuming that the student will actually finish college (almost 50% do not), how do you think that probation will look on grad school applications?
You will never regret the time and effort you spend in high school learning to research and write well. Take "Works Cited" pages seriously and learn the tricks of parenthetical and in-text citations so you do not end up in a similar position. There is no excuse for plagiarism.
This process of closely examining your sources of information can benefit you, in school or out. Who wrote or directed it? Who do they work for? Who published it? What is their reputation? Is there bias? Is it rumor or fact? Are they informing you or are they trying to scare you for some reason? Is it old information? Are they trying to sell you something? Is there any valid scientific basis for their claims? These are always great questions. Ask them.