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1 + Research 101 Evaluating and Choosing Resources, Note taking, and Proper Citation

2 + Getting Started: Search for resources: Books (using the online catalog: Atrium) Research Guides Databases ( and Web search (Google scholar,.org,.gov, Refine your topic based on available information Create source cards using MLA style 7 th ed. purdue owl Take notes on cards Cite (give credit to) your sources!

3 + Find Books in the library OPAC (online public access catalog) Atrium Example: 790s = sports 630s = pets Locating needed information in a book (who, what, when, where) Index Table of Contents Skimming chapters

4 + Databases Research Guides Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)TEL Library of Congress ( National Science Foundation Digital Library (

5 + Internet Search Google?! CARS Credibility (qualifications of the author) Accuracy (how recently was it written? Is it factual? Detailed?) Reasonableness (is it balanced, fair and objective?) Support (are at least 2 sources listed as evidence for the claims made? (example) (example)

6 + Source Cards Create a card for each source Number each card Write Citation in MLA style 7 th ed Example:

7 + Taking Notes Read and Think Identify Essential and interesting information (who, what, when, why) Avoid Plagiarism (Stealing another author’s words)!!! Paraphrase (shrink/compress the information) Summarize (“translate” and re-write) Use lists and bullet points Use quotes when you feel you can’t say it better than the author Give credit to the source

8 + Notes on Cards

9 + Organize cards by Subject

10 + Citing Sources (MLA) Parenthetical (in text): Examples: Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (263). Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263). Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263). Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford UP, 1967. Print.

11 + Citing Sources (MLA) Works Cited Page Books (basic format) Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Periodicals (basic formats) Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication. (magazine) Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication. (journal) Websites Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). “Article Name.” Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/ organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher). Date of last update. Medium of publication. Date of access.

12 + Easybib Create an account Start a new project (use MLA 7) Fill in the appropriate info for each source (auto or manual) Export to word format

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