Teaching Resources

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  • Spanish Exercise 1

    Ungraded assignment that prepares students to create an annotated bibliography in Spanish; includes an optional research component

    Lesson Plan | Handouts | Answer Keys
  • Spanish Exercise 2

    Graded assignment that prepares students to create an annotated bibliography in Spanish; includes an optional research component

    Lesson Plan | Handouts | Answer Keys
  • Works-Cited-List Peer Grading

    Students gain familiarity with the details of a works-cited list

    Lesson Plan | Worksheet
  • Editing In-Text Citations

    A hands-on editing activity

    Lesson Plan | Handout | Answer Key
  • Reading and Writing Citations

    Includes a component on retrieving items from the library

    Lesson Plan | Worksheet
  • Group Presentation on MLA Style

    Motivates careful engagement with MLA guidelines

    Lesson Plan | Worksheet
  • Mapping Your Use of the MLA Handbook

    Designed to be used with a research essay assignment

    Lesson Plan | Worksheet
  • Quiz: Part 1 of Handbook

    Motivates careful student reading, provides a framework for discussion

    Lesson Plan | Quiz
  • Real-Life versus Digital Sources: Documenting a Museum Visit

    Covers visual and textual sources encountered firsthand and online

    Lesson Plan | Worksheet
  • Using Citation Generators

    Helps students identify and correct errors in works-cited-list entires

    Lesson Plan | Examples

Understanding the MLA International Bibliography: An Online Course

This short online course helps students of all levels become experts in using the MLA International Bibliography for college-level research. The course usually takes students ninety minutes or less to complete and requires that they have access to the MLA International Bibliography on the EBSCO platform through their institution’s library. Students can create a free account to take the course and start earning badges. Instructors should see the instructor’s guide to integrating the course below.

  • Instructor’s Guide to the Course

    A free five-unit course that helps students search more efficiently, understand their search results, and locate publications.

    View the guide
  • The History of Scholarship Project

    Students will apply research skills from the online course and develop a presentation that demonstrates their understanding of how scholarship on a single work of literature changes over time.

    Lesson Plan
  • For Intermediate and Advanced Courses

    Designed to bring all students up to par on research skills and to explore uses for the bibliography

    Intermediate and Advanced Classes

  • The Scholarly Conversation Project

    Students will understand how serial publications are presented in databases and how to read them chronologically.

    Lesson Plan
  • For First-Year Composition, Writing across the Curriculum, and Writing about Literature

    To review and reinforce search skills learned in the online course and to consider what constitutes evidence in different academic fields

    Lesson Plan

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