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Library Lecture Slides

MLA Style (8th Edition)

The Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is most common in the humanities.  The eighth edition is new for 2016.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

Citing Archival Materials in MLA

 

Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (official complete ebook)

Call number Z253 .U69 2003, ‚Äčavailable in print on the first floor of the library in the Learning Commons

Citing Archival Materials in Chicago 

Turabian Quick Guide from the University of Chicago Press

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 8th edition by Kate Turabian et al.

Call number LB2369 .T8 2013, available in print on the first floor of the library in the Learning Commons

Books

Evaluating sources

Girl looking at dog asking "Is that CRAAP?"

Currency

  • What is the publication date?
  • How current are the citations in the bibliography?
  • How current does the information need to be for your topic or assignment

Relevancy

  • Does the information relate directly to your topic?
  • Who is the audience for the publication?
  • Does is provide general background information or in-depth information on a specific topic? Which do you need?

Authority

  • Who created the information?
  • What is the author's experience with this topic? 
  • Look for the author's biography or information about the publisher or responsible organization. If there isn't anything in the resource, Google it!

Accuracy

  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Can you verify the information in another source?
  • How extensive is the bibliography or work cited list? Can you use these reference to find more information on your topic?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

Purpose

  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it meant to inform you, sell you something or persuade you?
  • Does it present a fair and balanced view?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious or personal biases?
  • If it's a website, are there advertisements that suggest the information might be biased toward selling a product rather than providing objective information?

Databases

APA Style Guide, 7th Edition

This guide is a quick introduction to the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition Style for citations, basic format, and sample annotated bibliography. Please be sure to consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th edition and/or the APA Style website for additional details.

There is a print copy available  in Reserves (4th floor, east wing) for a two hour checkout.

Most Notable changes from APA 6th edition to 7th edition

  1. Publisher location is NOT included for book citations.

  2. In-text citations from works with three or more authors is shortened from the first time mentioned to (Hernandez et al., 2020)

  3. Include up to 20 authors in the reference.

  4. DOIs need to be formatted as clickable URLs such as https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1400256   

  5. Don’t include “Retrieved from” in front of a URL unless a retrieval date is needed.

  6. For website citation include the website name, unless it is the same as the author.

  7. Clear guidelines for citing media contributors that are not authors or editors.

Media type

     Include as author

 Film 

 Director 

TV series

Executive Producers

 Podcast 

Host or Executive Producer

Webinar 

Instructor 

Online Streaming Video

Person/Group who uploaded the video

  1. Citation examples are provided for different types of online sources including: podcasts, youtube videos, and social media posts.  

  2. Use the singular “they” as a gender neutral pronoun instead of he or she.

  3. Clear format guidelines are provided for student and professional research papers.

  4. More flexibility in font choices/size and include:

    1. Calibri 11

    2. Arial 11

    3. Lucida Sans Unicode 10

    4. Times New Roman 12

    5. Georgia 11

  5. The running head on the title page no longer includes the words Running head. It now only includes the title of the paper and the page number.

  6. Student papers do not need to include a running head. (Unless specified from your instructor)

  7. At the end of a sentence, use one space instead of two.

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