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With its sleek and modern architecture, the Ann Smith Bedsole Library stands as a testament to the school’s growth and commitment to providing the best education possible. The building is named after Ann Bedsole, an ASMS School Board and Foundation member who was instrumental in founding the school in 1989. “It’s extraordinary to reflect on how far ASMS has come,” said Bedsole during the building’s dedication a few years back. “It is an honor to be associated with ASMS.”

Much of the floor plan in the building is open and mixes large glass walls and windows with bright colors and contemporary lighting fixtures. Although most of the second floor is devoted to library space, there is also a large media center, history classroom, and group study rooms. The first floor houses the ASMS Gallery, reception area, Coffee house, Dragon’s Den TV room, game room, exercise room, offices, the SGA office, and a physical education classroom.

Clearly, though, the library is the most special space in the building. With its bold colors and exposed ceilings, the room is decidedly modern. Yet, the collection of folk art, on loan from the Ann and Palmer Bedsole Collection, certainly grounds the space. The collection contains examples from such heavyweights as Clementine Hunter, B. Sims, and Jim Suddith. “The art pieces selected for the library work on many levels,” says ASMS librarian Angela Mollise. “Because the building is modern, the outsider art tones things down and creates a warm feeling.”

Ms. Angela Mollise

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General Research Strategies: 
The Seven Steps of the Research Process from Cornell University Library
Subject Guides from USA Library

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Mobile Public Library
University of South Alabama Library

ASMS Plagiarism Policy
With any paper a student submits for a class at ASMS, he or she claims that he or she has actually written the essay. A student should not submit anyone else’s work as his or her own and should not allow others to submit his or her work as their own. Any and all parts of a paper must have been written by the student. When using secondary sources in research papers, the student must clearly identify quotes and provide reference for all direct quotes, paraphrases, as well as the use of clearly identifiable scholarly ideas. All sources used must be clearly identified in the bibliography.

Definition: Plagiarism is defined as the submission of work wholly or partially not one’s own. The plagiarized material can come from sources as varied as written text such as books, journal articles, or other students’ papers; computer text such as web papers, online discussions, or emails; as well as any form of oral communications. Plagiarism includes

  • Submission of entire documents not written by the student.
  • The direct word-for-word quoting of a sentence or passage without marking the cited text with quotation marks and providing proper citation.
  • The paraphrasing of someone else’s thoughts and ideas without offering the relevant references.
  • Any research data collected by yourself or your group.
  • Another’s notes or text for oral delivery.
  • If you use someone else’s words or ideas, you need to acknowledge the author by using quotation marks around any passage you quote directly and by providing relevant bibliographic information for the original text.
All plagiarism cases will be handled in consultation with the Hearing Officer of the Discipline Committee.Plagiarism in Peer Review Workshop. All definitions of plagiarism for final papers apply to drafts as well, i.e., all material not one’s own must be cited and referenced. If a plagiarized paper is submitted as a draft for a peer review workshop, the student is given the option to withdraw the paper and submit his or her own work as a final draft. The grade for the final paper will be lowered by one letter grade and the plagiarism case will be reported to the administration and treated according to the rules outlined above.Writing Lab. Any help by teachers or the writing lab does not fall under these plagiarism rules, since the process of revision and rewriting your papers is encouraged and supported by the school.Science Labs. Collaboration is part of the academic process. There is a distinct difference between collaboration defined as “working jointly with other especially in an academic environment” and copying another student’s work. This holds true even if that other student is your lab partner.Plagiarism Resources:
Plagiarism: Definitions, Examples and Penalties from the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry
Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices
Grammarly: The “World’s Most Accurate Grammar Checker”

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