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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: Print Reference Collection: BF76.7 .P83 2010
ISBN: 9781433805592
Publication Date: 2009-07-15
In addition to providing guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and APA style, this manual offers an authoritative reference and citation system. It also covers the treatment of numbers, statistical and mathematical data, tables and figures.

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff
Call Number: Print Reference Collection: LB2369 .G53 2009
ISBN: 9781603290241
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The MLA Handbookgives step-by-step advice on every aspect of writing research papers, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. The seventh edition is a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to research and writing in the online environment. It provides an authoritative update of MLA documentation style for use in student writing, including simplified guidelines for citing works published on the Web and new recommendations for citing several kinds of works, such as digital files and graphic narratives.

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MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing - Modern Language Association of America Staff (Created by)
Call Number: Print Reference Collection: PN147 .G444 2008
ISBN: 9780873522977
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
The third edition of the MLA Style Manual offers complete, up-to-date guidance on writing scholarly texts, documenting research sources, submitting manuscripts to publishers, and dealing with legal issues surrounding publication.

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Doing Honest Work in College - Charles Lipson
Call Number: PN171.F56 L56 2004
ISBN: 0226484726
Publication Date: 2004-10-15
As college deans and faculty are well aware, cheating and plagiarism have become an epidemic. Some students deliberately download papers, while others break rules they simply don't understand. Unfortunately, there have been no reliable guides to aid students, faculty, and teaching assistants in navigating these challenging issues. Now, there's help. Charles Lipson, a distinguished scholar and teacher who has coached thousands of students in the basics of honest work, provides clear, accessible, and often humorous advice on all aspects of college studies, from papers and exams to study groups and labs.

In the first part of the book, Lipson outlines three core principles of academic honesty and explores how these principles inform all aspects of college work. He discusses plagiarism in detail, outlining an ingenious note-taking system and offering guidelines for quoting and paraphrasing. Careful attention is paid to online research, including the perils of "dragging and dropping" text without proper citation. These chapters include numerous tips, all highlighted for students, on how to work honestly and study effectively.

Note that this book was published in 2004. Consult the latest edition of your style guide when formatting citations.



Information research skills support three of the criteria used by Averett professors to evaluate oral presentations:

  • evidence of research and organization,
  • logical development of a topic,
  • a presentation that is interesting and informative.

Your study group can reserve the small (307) or large media room (102) in Blount Library to rehearse presentation skills. Contact a librarian (1-5692, aclib@averett.edu) to make a reservation, or ask for a wireless keyboard when you visit the library. 

Gathering information for an oral presentation is basically the same as discovering sources for a research paper:

1. Select a topic and scope it out in books and articles. Search WorldCat for books, articles and media on any topic, or search select specialized databases from the library's Subject Research Guides.

Academic Search Complete is a a good general starting point for articles. It contains many peer reviewed sources. You can restrict searches to retrieve only articles that have been approved for publication by a panel of experts.

Librarians recommend that juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are:

For statistics and polling data try ProQuest Statistical Insight, Polling the Nations, or the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Ask a reference librarian for sources of data on your topic or browse a subject research guide.

Professors may encourage you to view primary sources, such as historical documents or unpublished manuscripts. The Averett Library archives contain primary source materials on regional history. Librarians at the reference desk can help you locate reproductions of other primary source documents, many of which are available in digital libraries.

2. If your professor approves, include authoritative web sources (for example, at Google Scholar@Averett). Cite web sources when:

  • author name and affiliation are displayed
  • the information is accurate and conclusions are supported
  • the author acknowledges the research and ideas of others
  • the information addresses one or more aspects of your topic
  • the web site does not indicate political or social bias (unless, of course, you are studying media bias)
  • you have gathered a variety of sources (books, articles, data or statistics, and web sites)

3. As you select sources most pertinent to the topic of your presentation, read them carefully and create an outline of your narrative. If you are not completely comfortable with presentation software (PowerPoint, etc.) you may be wise to outline your thoughts before creating slides.

4. Rehearse your oral presentation with classmates until you are statisified that you have a coherent narrative and can answer audience questions about your topic and sources.

5. Your audience will appreciate a handout with an abstract and list of sources. Speakers often share their slides electronically following a presentation.

6. Take care to cite the source for any illustrations you show. Knowing all sources that influenced your presentation allows your listeners to consult the same information that you found helpful.

For additional assistance with research sources, contact the Library Reference Desk (aclib@averett.edu, 791-5696; 800-543-9440). For help in developing your topic and designing your presentation, contact your professor, or peer tutors in the Averett Student Success Center.


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