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How to Research a Topic and MLA Format

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Anne Laganière

on 13 February 2015

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Transcript of How to Research a Topic and MLA Format

Researching a Topic
& MLA Format


Say you are looking for information about Lululemon's financial performance in 2013...

A few tips
Don't start with Youtube!
Websites: very useful. Why?
Good source of info difficult to find elsewhere
Latest information (breaking news)
Quick facts, government info, statistics
Library: books, articles, newspapers, etc.
Databases and paper copies
How can you evaluate websites?
Who wrote the information and why?
When was it put up?
Can you double-check with other sources?
Criteria for websites

1) Authority (qualified author)
2) Purpose and objectivity (check domain of the site)
3) Coverage (comprehensiveness)
4) Currency (updates)
5) Accuracy (verifiable)
To Trust or Not to Trust...
You can trust websites such as:
Newspapers (beware of editorials vs. news headlines)
Government-related websites
Research journals
You can also try Google scholar or BanQ
How to research a topic?
How do you go about researching a topic?

Your next assignment will require to do some research on the Internet or using other methods...
Be careful to websites such as:
Wikipedia or other wiki sites
Blogs (they can include false news!)
Links found on social networks
Fake news
(inspired by The Onion) have become common on social media
Did you know?
MLA Format
A few important elements...
Font 12
Proper first page
In-text references
Works cited page
Text (tables and graphs can be additions)
Sources in the works cited page referenced in the works cited page
Direct quotations = quotation marks
Use MLA style in Word's References tab
Also a Word template available
Purdue Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

unlocking research

EbscoHost and ProQuest
(be specific)
Tips & Resources
English and MLA workshops

Go to SLC website
Bottom: "Workshops", make an appointment
Better grades
http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-apple-ceo-tim-cook-im-thinking-printers, 21207/?recirc=innovation
Give yourself some time
Try more than Google
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