The library offers dozens of databases, but we will focus on four:
Useful keywords for your database searches might be:
Shorten words to their base to net more results; i.e., instead of searching for "childhood," try child*. Placing an asterisk at the end of a word will retrieve results that include variations like children, children's or childhood,
Title of Source
Title of Container
Note that the publication format isn’t considered. MLA no longer cares if your information comes from a book, magazine, streamed video, or whatever. The publisher is what’s important, not the mode you use to access it.
Scholarly vs. popular sources
Instructors asking you to use credible sources may also use Turnitin.com to evaluate your citations to see whether you use scholarly, academic or peer-reviewed, or popular. See the box below to determine whether a source is "scholarly" or "popular."
While not considered academic or peer-reviewed, these three think tanks and research organizations create reports and take polls on many current topics. Ask your instructor if materials from these sources can be used in your essays.
Pew Interest Research: This nonpartisan research organization does not take policy positions but does conduct polls and creates reports on issues of the day.
RAND Corporation: Established after WWII in Santa Monica, Cal, the federally funded RAND Corp. gets its name from shortening"Research and Development."
Gallup: Long-established polling organization often looked-to for the "pulse of America." Besides polls, Gallup produces in-depth reports.