MMR Library Resource Centre Documentation
What is it? • A list of all the sources you used for your research. • In alphabetical order • Special style
Why? • You must say if you borrowed the material and where you borrowed it from. • You must give credit to the author for any information you use. • Your work is honest, not plagiarized.
Which style? APA style MLA style • English • Arts • History • Languages • Geography • Science • Tech • Business • Social Sciences
Books Encyclopedias DVDs, Videos Online Databases Websites Many other possibilities MLA Style
MLA Style • Author’s name • Title • Place of Publication • Publisher • Date • Medium of Publication
MLA Style - Print Author. Title of book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium of Publication. Berton, Pierre. Vimy. Toronto: Print. McClelland and Stewart, 1986.
MLA Style –Online Encyclopedia Lovick, L.D. “Douglas, Thomas Clement.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. 2008. Historica Foundation. Web. 20 Sept. 2009.
Annotated Works Cited List • A summary and/or evaluation of the resource • A short paragraph after each citation on your Works Cited list • Format can vary – your teacher will give you guidelines
Annotated Citations: Why? • You read each resource more carefully. • You read each resource more critically. • Helps you narrow down your topic. • Helps you develop your own point of view and/or your arguments.
Annotated CitationsWhat to include? • It is okay to write in the first person (“I”). • A few sentences to summarize your source. • Not necessary to summarize the whole book if you used only a section.
Annotated CitationsWhat to include? • Author’s background and qualifications: Who is the author? What makes him/her an expert?
Annotated CitationsWhat to include? • A bit of analysis about the source: • Is it reliable? • Is it up to date? • Is the research biased or objective? • Is the reading level right for you? • Does it help you narrow down your topic?
Works Cited • Write a short paragraph after each citation. • Follow the examples on the handout. • Ask for help if you need it!
Helpful Web Links MLA Style Online Sources Print and Media Sources Library at Lansing Community College, Lansing MI, 2009.