Finding scholarly articles that are accessible and usable can be a challenge, but your MPC library’s got you.
- Pick up a bookmark with passwords (or follow links to them on the TDSB library site) and explore Advanced Placement Database on the TDSB Virtual Library (Click Search A-Z Databases). Remember to narrow your search to “Full Text” and “Peer-Reviewed.”
- Get out your Toronto Public Library card and head over to J-Stor, a huge database of archived and almost-new academic resources. Use the same search limitations and play with your search modifiers in the “Advanced Search” option.
- Cite it all! Most databases have a citation formulated for you, so you can simply copy and paste it into your Works Cited list. Use OWL Purdue to keep your APA citation style on point, and you’re well on your way to researching like a pro!
We are now in the 8th edition of the Modern Languages Association Handbook. As more and more research is done digitally, rules are changing to make it easier to cite any type of source. From the MLA website:
The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook introduces a new model for entries in the works-cited list, one that reflects recent changes in how works are published and consulted. Previously, a writer created an entry by following the MLA’s instructions for the source’s publication format (book, DVD, Web page, etc.). That approach has become impractical today, since publication formats are often combined (a song listened to online, for example, could have been taken from a record album released decades ago) or are undefinable.
In the new model, the work’s publication format is not considered. Instead of asking, “How do I cite a book [or DVD or Web page]?” the writer creates an entry by consulting the MLA’s list of core elements—facts common to most works—which are assembled in a specific order. The MLA core elements appear below:
Welcome to the library! For your research on computer issues, you should begin with the Canadian Student Research Centre. If you are using Google, make sure to evaluate the websites you use with CARS (Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support)
Learn about MLA style in-text citations from this video. Then play a game to see what you’ve learned. Talk to your librarian about what you might need to work on (refer to the handout “How to Cite Your Sources in a Presentation”)
As a class, we will go over the concepts of plagiarism, academic honesty, and citations, as well as reliable sources. We will use this handout on Citation for Beginners to guide our discussion, and view the tutorial by Acadia University called “You Quote It, You Note It”.
On your computer, you will review reliable sources by doing this activity:
Online Scavenger Hunt for BTT
Then you will practice your citation skills by doing this activity:
Computer Citation Practice for BTT
Your name is collected along with your responses for both activities; you will be assessed!
To review what you have learned, check out Research Tutorial’s video on In-text Citations.