Skip to main content

ESL 924: Prof. Carey: Class Assignment


Library Class Assignment

Prof. Julie Carey

Get out a blank sheet of notebook paper and write your name and today's date. You will turn in this sheet to Professor Carey at the end of class.  

  1. Write down which of the five topics you think you will research.
  2. Write down some keywords that describe your topic. (Remember, you can add new or better words as you search).
  3. Using your keywords, try a library database search in A) Opposing Viewpoint  OR B) GVRL encyclopedia database.
  4. On your notebook paper, write down the TITLE of a good article you found AND the name of the library database where you found it. (Ask for help if you're not sure).
  5. Click on the TITLE of the article to open it up. 
  6. With out closing this page, open a new Microsoft Word or Google Docs document for yourself.  Title the new document “Works Cited.” 
  7. Go back to your open article and select the  “Citation Tools” button on the right side of the article database screen. Select MLA 8 format; your citation will show up in the text box.
  8. Cut and paste (Command C, Command V) the entire article citation into your “Works Cited” page. (Ask for help if you are new to cutting and pasting).
  9. If using Microsoft Word, save your Works Cited page to the computer desktop and email the document to yourself. (Raise your hand if you need help)!

Before you turn in your final essay to Prof. Carey, use a citation guide to make sure your article is cited correctly. Here are your options:

  • You can use the MLA Quick Guide library handout.
  • You can use the MLA Handbook.
  • You can use the Purdue OWL website.
  • You can check in with a librarian.

For checking your in-text citations, use the Purdue OWL website. Instructions: from the OWL website, select MLA In-text Citations: The Basics. Then scroll down to  Citing non-print or sources from the Internet.