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How To Make a Works Cited

The attached file gives step-by-step directions to create a Works Cited using Microsoft Word. A sample Works Cited is included, so you may see how your finished page should look. Click on the page to open the file.

Works Cited

This file is part of the research process and should be used with the bibliographic/works cited forms also found under the Research Category.

posted on: February 05, 2007

Parenthetical Documentation

When you write a research paper, credit for information must be given by listing the sources you used in a Works Cited. Credit must also be given within the writing of the paper itself. Parenthetical documentation is the way we give credit within the paper. A citation within the paper is called a parenthetical reference.

Parenthetical documentation:
1. Is placed within the research paper
2. Gives specific details about the information used
3. Is used when you paraphrase, summarize facts, or quote

A parenthetical reference:
1. Is brief - the author's last name, or a shortened form of
the title, and the page number, if pages are numbered
2. Must clearly match a Works Cited entry
3. Is placed right after the information, usually at the end of
a sentence or paragraph
4. Is in parentheses () before the closing punctuation mark

Click on the document to get directions and examples of how to include parenthetical references within your research paper.

Parenthetical Documentation

posted on: January 29, 2007

Search Engines

Click on the file below to get a list of search engines to use when searching the internet. Explore as many of them as you can to determine which are your favorites, which are single search engines, which are multiple search engines, and which are directories. Selecting the appropriate search engine(s) for research will get you the results you need.

Search Engines To Examine For Home Use 2006-1

posted on: November 06, 2006

Dewey Decimal Classes

The Media Center is organized using the Dewey Decimal System of Classification. Materials are arranged so users can locate them on the shelves. Call numbers are printed on labels on the spines of books to help users locate materials, and to allow us to keep materials in order on the shelves.

We use F and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers of fiction books, even though fiction could actually be "classed" in 813 in Dewey's system.

We use SC and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers of collections of stories, even though short stories could be "classed" in 821 in Dewey's system.

We use REF as a prefix in the call numbers to designate reference books.

For all other books (nonfiction) we use the Dewey class number and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers. The exception is biography (921) where the 3 letters are the first 3 letters of the biographee's last name (the person about whom the book is written).

There are some Dewey numbers you should know.
292 Mythology
398 and 398.2 Folk and fairy tales
811 Poetry
920 Biography (collective)
921 Biography (individual and autobiography)
973 American History

To see a list of the Dewey Classes, Click here.

posted on: April 16, 2006

The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature

Magazines, journals, and newspapers are called periodicals. A periodical is a work published on a regular basis - daily, weekly monthly, yearly. The most commonly used index for periodicals is the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, sometimes called the Reader's Guide to Periodicals, or Reader's Guide. Periodicals offer current, up-to-date information on a wide cariety of topics. Good research always includes periodical references. To see what an entry in the Reader's Guide looks like, Click here.

posted on: April 16, 2006

Research Process

The research process is easily conquered by following 10 steps. Success with each step helps you present a quality research product.
Click here to view the 10 steps.

posted on: April 16, 2006

Cobb Virtual Library Home Access

Students often ask for the process by which they may access the Cobb Virtual Library resources at home.
Click here to get step-by-step instructions.

posted on: January 31, 2006

Making a Research Plan

When beginning any research, it is important to take a few minutes to plan. Think about your topic:
What terms or key words describe your topic?
What specific areas of your topic will you explore (what questions do you meed to answer)?
What resources might you use?
What is your product (paper, PowerPoint, I-Movie, poster, etc.)?
Careful and thorough planning will make your research more efficient and more effective. Click here to get a FLIP-it! worksheet you may use to plan your research.

posted on: January 29, 2006

Works Cited and Note Cards

When conducting research, it is important to have a record of each source used, and to take good notes from each source. There are specific forms for making source/bibliography/works cited cards and for making note cards. Click here to see a sample source/bibliography/works cited card, and a sample note card that would have been taken from that source.

posted on: January 22, 2006

Works Cited Forms

Click on the file name to get a newly revised bibliographic citations forms list. Use these forms when you make source cards during the research process.

Works Cited Forms

You may also wish to follow the FLIP it! process for citations each time you make a source card. Click here to see the process.

posted on: October 10, 2005

Web Site Evaluation

It is important to evaluate each web site you use for research. The information should be accurate and reliable, current, contain details, and be written by an expert or authority on the subject.

What criteria should you use when evaluating a web site? How do you know if a web site is a good one to use?

Click Here to get the FLIP it! form for evaluating a web site.

Use this form each time you do research to be sure your web sites contain the best information available to you on your topic.

posted on: October 05, 2005

Cobb Virtual Library

The Cobb Virtual Library (formerly known as Cobb Online Resources) includes:
World Book Online
Grolier Online
Electric Library
Gale Jr. Reference Collection
Students have access to these online resources at school and at home. Home use requires usernames and passwords; these may be obtained from the Media Center. To get to the Cobb Vitual Library, use the link below.

posted on: September 12, 2005

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