Creating a Works Cited in MLA Style
Why do we need to cite the information that we are using? There are several reasons one of which is to avoid plagiarism or presenting the information of another, their intellectual property, as our own. Citing our sources also enables the reader to follow the path of one's research. Many times breakthroughs occur as we ethically build on the research of another.
Click on the link to learn more about How to Create a Works Cited
in MLA Style. This was originally developed by Ms. Karen Morgenstern, Teacher Librarian while finishing her field work with TCHS students.
How to Write a Thesis
Need tips on the writing process? Access Purdue University, The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
and find help with effective writing, revising, editing, developing an outline, proofreading as well as types of writing (creative writing, research writing, writing about poetry, writing about literature).
Need Quality Info? "Invisible"/Deep Web
What is it?
The "visible web" is what you can find using web search engines. Some material remains hidden from general search engines such as online subscription databases and library catalogs. The "invisible web" is what you can't find using tools such as Google.
How to find it?
Try using a subject directory such as ipl2, Internet Public Library or Infomine, a Scholarly database which are especially helpful for academic purposes. All of these "vetted" or reviewed resources are part of the "invisible web."
Google alone is not enough. Searchers need to learn and use different tools for your information needs. You need to evaluate everything that you find and learn to use different tools to both refine and refocus your searches.
The Internet provides an abundance of information--some is credible and some is misinformation. You need to acquire critical thinking skills to determine if the information is credible.
Use the CRAAP Method created by CSU Chico State University Library to evaluate websites.
Library Research Guide
Use the resources from Cornell University Olin & Uris Libraries, Guide to Library Research at Cornell, Seven Steps to Effective Library Research
Steps include assistance with your topic, finding background information, locating periodicals or books, finding Internet resources, evaluating what you find, and citing all sources.