First Bridge Tutorials - Start Finding Resources @ MLA

Dear students,

These short tutorials will help you to find, evaluate and use information for your assignments at AUP.

Enjoy, Michael

Start Finding Resources for your assignments

There are three different types of resources that can be helpful for your assignment.

  1. Background information (reference books) such as encyclopedias or dictionaries
  2. Journal articles that you find in databases such as JStor (we will take about this in class!)
  3. Books in print or as ebooks

 

 

Reference books are good starting points if you do not know too much about your topic.

Click here to find a list of background/reference books on the AUP Library website.

Click on ONE of the reference books titles

Write down the name of ...

one reference book/collection and describe it in ONE word

Explain why you use this one Reference book or Reference collection

It is all about finding books now - printed books and ebooks

Go to ...

... the library catalogue and do a search for the following book in print
  • The Blackwell city reader / edited by Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson.

 

 

Write down the call number (book number) - only printed books have call numbers!

Now, about academic ebooks (full text) : take a look at the image below - click on the two ebook collections

How many academic ebooks do find in each collections - ebrary and EBSCO Academic ebooks?

  • 107 000 academic ebooks full text on Ebrary
  • 107 000 academic ebooks full text on EBSCO Academic ebooks
  • 123 000 academic ebooks full text on EBSCO Academic ebooks
  • 127 000 academic ebooks full text on Ebrary
  • 50 000 academic ebooks full text on EBSCO Academic ebooks
  • 50 000 academic ebooks full text on Ebrary

Thank you ! Merci !

We will come back to the tutorial during the next library session.

We will then talk databases and journal articles.

If you have questions so far, do not hesitate to ask or email me.

Merci ! and see you soon.

Michael - [email protected]

AUP Library

Introduction to MLA

Purdue Online Writing Lab - Purdue OWL website

Go to the Purdue OWL webpage by clicking on the link : Purdue OWL

Describe the content of the webpage in one phrase

Click to open the sample paper (pdf) - see the image below in order to find the link to the sample paper (pdf)

This is how your academic paper should look like in case that your professor is asking to use the MLA format

Most likely, you will have to use MLA in all of your EN classes at AUP - in other classes such as Psychology or Politics, you might have to use a different format such as APA style or Chicago Manual Style CMS - for APA and CMS style, take a look on the Citation Style Sheet.

Scroll to the end of the sample paper (pdf) and take a look at the "Works Cited" list

How many sources are cited in the "Works Cited" list?

  • 10
  • 7
  • 3

Take a look at the first source (Allen, R.L.)

Is this source referring to a book or an article?

  • Book
  • Article

You will be able to find citations of sources in most of the AUP Library databases or ebook collections

Use the CITE button to find the MLA citation - see the images below

Database : Academic Search Complete

Ebook collection : ebrary

Take look at the sample paper (pdf) itself - go to page 5 and look at the in-text citation

What is an in-text citation? - (one phrase)

 

The Purdue OWL has an extra page on the basics of MLA in-text-citations - click on the link.

Why do you use them?

Thank you ! Merci !

We will come back to the tutorial quickly during the next library session - if you have questions or if you still have doubts about MLA, do not hesitate to ask or email me [email protected] (Michael)

For further details about MLA, take a look at a couple of videos that should be helpful.

  1. MLA Formatting - the Basics
  2. OWL Purdue

Merci !

See you soon.

Michael

AUP Library