English 1113--Garlough

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NSU Library Resources

NSU Libraries' Online Catalog Search for books, videos, documents, and e-books 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Academic Search Premier - This is a general database, which means it contains article citations and full text articles covering many academic subjects. It is one of the twenty-five databases produced by EbscoHost for which NSU has a subscription. It is probably our most widely used database and is sometimes referred to simply as "Ebsco."

Evaluating Web sites

It's important to remember that publishing on the web is very easy - almost anyone can do it! The problem with that is knowing what's credible (worth your time) and what's not.

Here are some of the thing you want to look at or for:

the URL (.gov, .mil, .us, .edu are usually pretty credible);
links to information about the author or sponsoring organization;
links to other sites that are credible;
how current it is

Ultimately the researcher must be the one to determine whether or not to use information found on a web site. The following information from Cornell University contains a simple, five criteria table excellent for evaluating websites:

Two Lies & A Truth

Now it's up to you! Use the aforementioned tips to evaluate whether the following websites are valid or not. Two are illegitimate websites and only one is truthful.

Tutorials on Using Google

Google When and How to Use It -- How to get more out of your Google searches and introduction to Google Scholar.

Google Tips and Tricks -- Advanced Google search tips.

Where can I Locate an M.L.A. Style Manual?

The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located on the first floor at the call number, Ref. LB 2369.G53. The Modern Language Association and the Purdue OWL provide instruction on MLA. Use the Tutorial on Citations and Plagiarism For additional help in citing sources, try Noodletools.

Following APA style rules

The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.

Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.

In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list using proper format and providing citations within the text to give credit for an idea or concept to the source from which you got it.


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The library owns several copies of the style guide; however, only the 5th edition circulates (can be checked out). The NSU libraries have seven copies of the 6th edition in reference and two on reserve.( BF76.7 .P83 2001)


Using APA format (Purdue University) - this comprehensive guide summarizes the print version of the book. Click on Your Reference List to find examples of the proper format to use when listing sources you used.

APA's Frequently Asked Questions

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Interested in Learning More?

Sign up to take LIBM 4611 Electronic Information Retrieval next semester! This is a 1 credit hour, general elective, hybrid course and is designed to develop skills, techniques and strategies for retrieving information in a variety of electronic formats using online tutorials and hands-on activities for practice. Instruction on the use of Internet, World Wide Web, electronic indexes, and online catalogs is provided. Contact NSU librarians Sarah Burkhead (ext. 3262) or Susan Woitte (ext. 3246) for more information.

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Last Updated: 08/07/2012