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Be a copy and paste magician for career/job research and papers,
and save time, money, and resources!
Now that you've found all this valuable information on the Internet
that is precisely what you were looking for, what's next? You could
write it down on a scrap of paper--that's pretty tedious and time consuming.
You could select File, Print on your web browser--that's also time consuming
and wasteful of paper and printer ink; besides, you would have to retype
your paper citations or information. You could select File, Save As,
Text on your browser--while it does get the text, it also may get quite
a bit of other material and may require a lot of editing time. Copy
and paste to the rescue--it's fast, efficient, and magical!
Here are the steps for copying text from a website
and pasting it into your own word processing file for use as a research
reference or a quote:
Place your mouse cursor carefully at the beginning of the text
you wish to copy; hold the left mouse button down and "drag" to
the exact end of the text to copy. Release the left button, and
your text is blocked.
Now click the right mouse button once with the arrow or cursor
in the blocked text area and select Copy.
Open up your word processor (WordPerfect® and Microsoft®
Word are great because they correctly import formatting
codes as well as tables for figures from web pages).
Place the cursor where you want the text to be inserted, click
the right mouse button once, and select Paste. Voilá!
There's your citation!
Just put quotes around it or double indent, add your footnote
for the cite, and you're done in about 20 seconds.
NOTE: Of course you can also grab other information such as
job listings and company information for your career development and
job search activities in the same way.
See How This Looks: Click here
for a full-size graphic image of this technique in action.
Copying Pictures or
To copy pictures and other graphic images from a web site, follow the
Place your mouse cursor on the picture or image and click the
right mouse button once. You could select Save As to save the image
to disk to be used later, or you can select Copy and open up your
Put the cursor where you want the image inserted, click the right
mouse button once, and select Paste. It will pop right in there!
Then position and size the picture in your document, add your
footnote to indicate the source, and you're done again in about
You can also paste the picture into a graphic editing program such
as Corel PhotoPaint® for editing or special effects.
See How This Looks: Click here
for a full-size graphic image of how this technique works.
Grab the HTML from a Website
So you're not a wizard writing Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the
coding used to make web pages. Well, you could always "steal"
that coding from a web page you like. Say, for instance, that
you found a web résumé format that's just right for your
online résumé. Try out these steps:
Simply do that old magical right mouse button click in a blank
area of the web page and select View Source.
The HTML coding will pop up in Notepad; then click File, Save
As, and name it with a file extension of .htm.
If the web page has a background graphic, right click in a blank
area of the page again and select Save Background.
From there you can load it all into a web page editor like Microsoft®
FrontPage, make the revisions you need to the
text (carefully) and save it. Don't forget to edit the HTML
meta tags with your personal information too (some search engines
use the meta tag information to list your web page in their database).
Then you can upload it to a web host and you're done.
Presto change-o, you are ready for the employers to come knocking at
your door! Try it with this web page to see the HTML coding back
behind what you see in your browser window.
See How This Looks: Click here
for a full-size picture of this operation.
Reminders for Research Papers
Remember to always verify the credibility of your source. Anyone can
put anything on the Internet, and it is a fact that there is erroneous
information on the Net. Generally, known organizations such as the American
Cancer Society and the American Heart Association (these types of organizations
usually have a primary domain of .org in their Internet addresses) are
reasonably credible. Reputable educational institutions also are reasonably
reliable sources (these usually have a primary domain of .edu in their
Internet addresses). Government sources are also good (these have .gov,
.mil, or .us as the primary domain of their Internet addresses).
Be sure to cite your source in your paper too! Copy and paste or type
the name of the organization; copy the Internet address of the page
(it's up in your browser address window--left click once on it, then
right click, copy and paste). If the author of the work is given, copy
and paste that information as well. Sometimes, you will find a date
on the page--include that in your citation too. Here are a couple formats
for Internet citations in a research paper:
General Information, No Author Listed, List Title in Quotes if Given:
Plagiarism is pure and simple stealing of someone else's intellectual
work. Not only is it illegal to copy and use a copyrighted source as
your own work, but it's sure to get you a big zero on a research paper.
The Internet may make it very tempting to copy and paste other people's
work into a patchwork paper with no original content, so always remember
that this is both unethical as well as illegal. Do your own work, and
use Internet sources as you would use for more traditional hardcopy
You're Ready -- Go for It!
Developing your skills using the full range of tools available with
today's modern computer applications programs will make you very efficient,
often resulting in tremendous savings of time and money. In most
newer applications programs, the right mouse button click will pop up
a context sensitive menu that varies depending on where you position
the arrow or cursor. Try it out with your favorite programs, and
see what happens when you right click in various places--it's much faster
than searching for that command up on the menu or tool bars. Experiment
and explore! You never know all the neat features you might find
just a quick right click away.
San Antonio College of Medical & Dental Assistants
IT Department Lead Instructor