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Study Guides

There is much debate around the use of online study guides like SparkNotes, Schmoop, CliffsNotes, and Grade Saver.  As an educator, I believe it is my duty to teach students how to utilize the resources available to them in a responsible and ethical way. 


Online study guides should never be used as a substitute for reading the original text, but can help students decode, engage with, and better understand what they are reading.  Study guides can serve as a starting point for students to think more deeply about what they are reading, and in time they may begin to apply these critical thinking and reading skills on their own.  It is unacceptable for students to plagiarize from a study guide, and students will face consequences if they choose to do so.


Please remember that it is essential for students to read assigned materials, to independently identify textual evidence that supports their claims, and author original explanations of their analysis.