Welcome to the DMAE Media Center
Ms. Faithful-Hill, Library Clerk
Library Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
The mission of the DMAE library is to create an atmosphere of learning that encourages the pleasure of reading, studying and research in preparation for the rigors of the 21st Century.
Virtual Reference Desk - Web Resources
Encyclopedias / Dictionaries
The MLA Style Citation Guide
The Research Process
What do you want to know?
Ask questions to guide your research: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How?
Where do I find accurate answers?
Reference Books (Encyclopedias), authoritative web resources, journal articles and newspapers found in online databases.
How can I tell if a web resource is authoritative? Evaluation Criteria
Gather information on index cards.
Be clear if you are directly quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing.
Keep track of your sources.
What information do I need from my sources?
Books, Encyclopedias, etc. - Information is usually found in the first few pages.
Place of Publication
Name of Publishing Company
Year of Publication
Web Sites - Information is often found in header, footer, or 'About' section.
Author (Person or Company)
Date of Access (Today's Date)
Web Address (URL or Database info)
How do I begin writing?
Determine the purpose of your paper.
Formulate a thesis statement.
Make an outline to organize your ideas and guide your writing.
Write a draft and have it reviewed with feedback.
Revise and proofread your paper.
Help! The Owl at Purdue
Can I copy-and-paste the information into my paper?
Use your notes to help you write but do not copy-and-paste or rearrange the wording without an in-text citation. (See Learning to Cite.)
Avoid plagiarism; if it's not your idea show where you found it. Plagiarism: What it is and how to recognize and avoid it
What is a works cited/bibliography page?
This is where you document your sources. See Preparing a works Cited Section.
Follow the proper MLA format. See Using MLA Style to Cite and Document Sources
Most databases will create the citation for you.
Here are some citation generators: Son of Citation Machine NoodleTools
eBooks and Audio Books
You can access eBooks at the Gale Virtual Reference Library. It provides access to 314 reference sets, which equates to over 1500 titles in most educational subjects available online in full-text. The interface is similar to that of a database and can be searched in a similar manner. There is a citation generator, email/print/save options, and a translation feature.
For eBooks, you can download OverDrive Software from the OverDrive weblink at the right. The OverDrive Media Console is free and available for desktop and laptop computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems. There are several ways of searching the BCCLS catalog to find downloadable audiobooks from OverDrive. If you would like to see the entire collection, type Downloadable OverDrive into the search box. This search will show all the downloadable titles available in BCCLS. If you wish to search for a particular title, add the author name or book title to Downloadable OverDrive.