Tips for Conducting Research
This page has links to sites that help with research. Please be sure to check with your teacher regarding any information located on these web sites.
MLA Handbook - the most current edition is the 7th. It contains major revisions. Please consult this handbook in the library and/or make sure that the web site you are using bases its information on the 7th edition.
General Research Paper Assistance, Works Cited Examples, etc. - the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers a current guide to the latest MLA and APA styles. Click on the 2009 MLA or APA Guide link on the left side of the page to get started. Once you are at the MLA or APA Guide page, you will find links to examples of citations, sample papers and works cited pages, as well as examples of in-text citations, formatting quotations and more. This is a very good resource to use for MLA or APA assistance.
Plagiarism, which is copying someone else’s work without properly acknowledging the source of that work, is a serious offense that will result in an F on your research project. Learn how to avoid plagiarism by taking a tutorial:
You Quote It, You Note It
By Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University; choose a player in this interactive tutorial to learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it.
In-Text Citations & the Works Cited Page - Giving credit to the people whose work or ideas you use is an important part of any research project. Everyone agrees that there are ethical and legal reasons for acknowledging your sources. The challenge is in following a standard format for giving credit. Please check with your teacher to determine whether you will use the MLA, APA or another style.
Need help with your works cited page or with in-text citation? Try the OWL site (above) or one of these style guides.
By the Duke University Libraries; this page offers resources on citing sources, on preparing a list of works cited, and on avoiding plagiarism.
By the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison; this guide covers all of the APA basics, including in-text citations, reference list, and general formatting.
By the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison; this guide provides information on creating a Works Cited page and on parenthetical documentation.
Citation and Style Guides
By Concordia University Libraries; this page provides access to several different style guides, including APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago as well as links to grammar guides and to information on plagiarism.
Bibliography and Works Cited Pages: Sample Guides and Tools
By the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Libraries; this page includes links to several university style guides, including MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago. Many of the linked guides provide additional information on the writing process.
The PHS Library subscribes to the NoodleTools citation generator. This service will assist you in preparing note cards as well as citations in either MLA or APA format for your works cited page. Be sure to ask the library for the password. Also be sure to see the Hints for Using NoodleTools Handout. If you have forgotten your password for NT, please see Mrs. Johnson. In most cases, she can reset it for you.