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Making mistakes is part of the learning process.
However, there are several resources you can use that will assist you in creating a citation in Modern Language Association (MLA) format, which you will use in this class.
Try these links for reliable information on MLA style:
The official guide to MLA style is available at the front desk of the J. W. Martin Library.
Whenever you give information from another source, you must credit that source.
If it’s a direct quote, then you must include an in-text citation and put the quoted material in quotation marks or, if it’s particularly long, set it off in an indented paragraph (a blockquote). If you paraphrase, you must still include a citation, and you must ensure that the paraphrase does not match the wording or sentence structure of the original too closely.
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The record in the catalog will include a link if an eBook is available.
Most of our eBooks are hosted by the company EBSCO. You will need to log into or create an EBSCO account to check out an eBook, and you will need Adobe Digital Editions or similar to read it.
See the eBook guide for full instructions:
You do not need to return a downloaded eBook. Once the lending period has ended, the title returns to the library.
The maximum checkout period is . You can’t renew your eBook, but you can check it out again.
If you search in any of our research databases, you usually have the option to limit results to Full Text only.
This will display only articles immediately available in either HTML or PDF format. Try any of the databases available through EBSCOhost:
A search in an EBSCO database will allow you to refine your results:
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These links will take you to official NWOSU university pages.