Research involves identifying, locating, assessing, analyzing, and then developing and expressing your ideas about a specific subject. These resources will help you pull all your findings together and complete your research paper.
Links to children’s dictionaries, rhyming dictionaries, scientific dictionaries, music dictionaries, and more. Dictionaries generally have short entries that define words or provide brief information about a topic.
Reference management software, also known as citation management software, allows you to:
Store references in a web account or on your desktop
Add notes to your references
Link to full-text articles, web pages, and documents
Cite your references and create bibliographies
What citation management, software is available at MLC?
Currently, the library does not purchase citation software for our campus family. However, there are many products that are available for you to use online. Some require a purchase or fee, but many are free. Here is a list of the more popular citation software tools.
RefWorks: An annual license (12-month subscription) includes feature upgrades and online support.
EndNote: You can buy for personal use and offers a reduced price for students.
Bookends: A reference manager for Mac and iOS users. This is also a purchased product that has a reduced price for students.
UNC’s Citation Builder is designed to let you quickly build citations for following citation styles.
APA: American Psychological Association Style Guide
The most dependable resource for up-to-date information regarding APA style is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). This website, sponsored by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has built a solid reputation as a great resource for formatting questions.
a quick guide to citation styles–MLA, APA, Chicago, the sciences, professions, and more – Lipson, Charles.
A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers – Turabian, Kate L.
Print Edition: LB 2369 .T8 2007 – MLC
What is plagiarism?
“Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as the “wrongful appropriation,” “close imitation,” or “purloining and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” and the representation of them as one’s own original work.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This infographic by ARL, American University’s (AU) Washington College of Law, and AU’s School of Communication shows how and why libraries should use the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.
Accessing Library Resources
This slideshow demonstrates ways to locate various types of MLC library resources.