Research Resources

Check out these additional resources to help you succeed with your academic endeavors at FBC!

Research paper guidelines and basic MLA format tips: Review essential research criteria for academic assignments. Use this MLA checklist as you research and write your next paper. Always refer to your instructors criteria for specific element requirements. They are the authority in determining your paper’s content.

State Your Case: Writing an MLA Research Paper is an actual paper about how to write a paper! This can be used as both a tutorial on what needs to be included in a proper research paper, as well as a sample of how MLA papers need to be laid out

What is a credible source? How can you tell if a source is credible, especially if you find it online? This simple ABCD guideline gives you sound advice on how to judge whether a source is worthy of your attention and your research.

Bibliographic Resources: Take the guess work out of formatting your research paper citations!

With KnightCite, designed by Calvin College, choose MLA format and what type of resource you are using (book, journal, website, etc.) and it will give you boxes to fill in for a proper citation. Once you hit Submit, it will give you the proper citation that you can cut and paste into your Works Cited page.

In order to better understand what your citation should include, Purdue Owl provides explanations and examples for all formats. This link puts you right to the MLA descriptions.

Library of Congress: Brush up on how to find books under the Library of Congress call number classification. (It’s not as hard as you may think!)