Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Advice from McKinze: Finding Sources, Evaluating Sources, Citing Sources in MLA

No two appointments, students, or class assignments are alike. Each variation brings with it some unique questions and challenges. A reoccurring trend that I have noticed this semester has been students requesting help with finding and citing sources, particularly in MLA format. I had one student come in requesting help on an assignment that required her to use sources outside the classroom. She did not know how to use the RSU databases or how to even begin to look for sources. So we started from the very beginning, and I helped her figure out which database would offer the best sources and how to search for sources within the database. I explained that using the RSU databases is the quickest and most efficient way to find academic sources. After we were able to find some sources she could use and integrate into her paper, we discussed how to cite the sources properly.