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ENG 101 - Kennedy: Composition 101 - Kennedy
Guide for students taking Professor Kennedy's English Composition I course.
This chart will also help you figure out whether you are looking at a magazine article or an academic journal article.
Some (but not all) academic articles undergo a peer-review process. This means that before an article is published, a panel of experts in the field review the article and ensure it has the highest quality.
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To limit to academic journals, you can check the box for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) journals.
When you visit websites (as opposed to library databases), you will be responsible for evaluating the information you find and determining whether or not the information is credible. Try using the CRAP Test to look at the currency (date published), reliability (balanced? biased?), authority (why is the author qualified to write about this?), and purpose (are they selling you something? .org/.edu or .com?).
MLA 8 Citations
Librarians from Genesee Community College explain what MLA formatting is and how to put together a citation for a book.
Librarians from Genesee Community College explain how to format MLA8 citations for articles you find in library databases.