By the end of class, you will be able to:
One Part: Works Cited
Topic: Choose a Canadian author from the list on your assignment sheet
Works Cited: MLA 9th edition
Something written by your author, such as a novel, poem, story, play, essay, memoir, or a collection of these.
Research and criticism about the primary sources, or about the author of the primary source.
Scholarly Articles and Books
Search #1 - Primary Sources
Search #2 - Secondary Source (Encyclopedia)
What is peer-review?
When a source has been peer-reviewed it has undergone the review and scrutiny of a review board of colleagues in the author's field. They evaluate this source as part of the body of research for a particular discipline and make recommendations regarding its publication in a journal, revisions prior to publication, or, in some cases, reject its publication.
|Academic / Scholarly/ Peer- reviewed||Popular / Trade|
|Author||Expert in the field||Journalist / Professional Writer|
|Review||Reviewed by other experts (peers)||Reviewed by an editor|
|Audience / Language||Written for scholars and students; uses academic language||Written for the general public or professionals; uses everyday language|
|Content||Original research and criticism; uses previous research literature for background||News and practical information; uses a variety of sources for background|
|Citations||Always||Sometimes, rarely, or never|
Recognizing Journal Articles
What distinguishes a scholarly source from a popular, non-scholarly source? Quickly skim the following sources.
Open Paragraphs Don't Always Have to Be Exciting: Non-Scholarly, Popular Source
“This Is Not Enough”: Gesturing Beyond the Aesthetics of Failure in Alice Munro’s “Material”: Scholarly Source (be sure to skim the Full Article via link provided)
Search #3 - Scholarly Article / Scholarly Book or Book Chapter (Secondary Sources)
MRU Resources Available for MLA
Key example citations:
A6, B1, B5, B6, C1
(Remember to apply rules for multiple authors and for online versions).
This image highlights the common layout of publication information for a print book, as displayed in MRU's LibrarySearch results screens. For a book in hand, this information will usually be on the back (or verso) of the title page.
Note that for ebooks, MLA also requires the titile of the database or second container.