You must use at least outside 6 sources, and only half of them may be online or Internet-based sources (this excludes journal articles). You must also have a “Works Cited” page, and the entire paper must be adequately and appropriately documented in the MLA style.
Find Journal Articles
Before starting to do your research, you need to know what types of resources can be good research resources. These guides will help you to understand what types of resources you can use for you research and where to find them.
There are a few places to search for books:
1. Start here:
Find books, e-books, DVDs, government documents, print journals and anything else kept inside the IIT Libraries:
2. Didn't find what you wanted? Need more books?
You can find and request books from 76 other universities in Illinois using the I-Share Catalog. Books arrive in about 3 business days, and you will be notified via email when they arrive.
Create Your Library Accounts
Your student ID card is also your Library card. To start using the Library you need to set up two accounts: My I-share/IIT Account and MyILL Account.
Tips for Evaluating Websites
Not all websites were created equal. When determining how or if you should use a specific website in your work, run it through the CRAP test. Does the site pass the test, or is it a bunch of...?
- How recent is the information?
- How recently has the website been updated?
- Is it current enough for your topic?
- What kind of information is included in the resource?
- Is the content of the resource primarily opinion? Is it balanced?
- Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
- Who is the creator or author?
- What are the credentials?
- Who is the published or sponsor?
- Are they reputable?
- What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
- Are there advertisements on the website?
Purpose/Point of View
- Is this fact or opinion?
- Is it biased?
- Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
(originally from the LOEX 2008 wiki)
Tips & Tutorials
MLA Style Works Cited
The MLA Style (Modern Language Association) is the most common form used for citing sources in the liberal arts and humanities. Galvin Library has a print copy of MLA Handbook for Research Paper Writers, REF.LB2369.G532009. Use the following handouts to learn MLA Works Cited for books and articles. Go to Purdue's Online Writing Lab to view more expamples.
To learn how to use Zotero and EndNoteWeb to create your citation, view the Citation Management guide.