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Evaluating Sources for Research
Students learn how to assess the reliability of various types of resources.
Practicing In-Text Citations
A worksheet covering the basics
Spanish Exercise 1
Ungraded assignment that prepares students to create an annotated bibliography in Spanish; includes an optional research component
Spanish Exercise 2
Graded assignment that prepares students to create an annotated bibliography in Spanish; includes an optional research component
Works-Cited-List Peer Grading
Students gain familiarity with the details of a works-cited list
Editing In-Text Citations
A hands-on editing activity
Reading and Writing Citations
Includes a component on retrieving items from the library
Group Presentation on MLA Style
Motivates careful engagement with MLA guidelines
Mapping Your Use of the MLA Handbook
Designed to be used with a research essay assignment
Quiz: Part 1 of Handbook
Motivates careful student reading, provides a framework for discussion
Real-Life versus Digital Sources: Documenting a Museum Visit
Covers visual and textual sources encountered firsthand and online
Using Citation Generators
Helps students identify and correct errors in works-cited-list entries
Blog Post about Citation Practice
Gives students experience citing works in unusual formats
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.
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.
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
Engaging Students: Using the MLA International Bibliography to Teach the Research Process
Watch this webcast and get tips on using the MLA International Bibliography to teach scholarly concepts and analytical skills.
For Intermediate and Advanced Courses
Designed to bring all students up to par on research skills and to explore uses for the bibliography
The Scholarly Conversation Project
Students will understand how serial publications are presented in databases and how to read them chronologically.
Commas, Conjunctions, and Modifiers
Helps students determine when to use commas
Learn to identify comma splices