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Guide created to help high school students with literature and research writing assignments.
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Step by Step Guide

Define Task and get organized - make sure you understand the assignment = ask questions and define unfamiliar terms - set up a timeline for each step

Define topic or develop thesis - you may have to modify by either narrowing or broadening 

Preliminary research - get some background information - make a list of terms, questions and make connections to things you already know

List search terms - generate a keyword list - include characters and/or terms from the literature/novel as well as notes taken during prelimnary research, also include synonyms for key terms

Locate information sources - search library catalog and DISCUS databases for relevent, reliable and pertinent information sources

Organize and save your notes - utilze your school Easybib account for a working bibliography and note taking

Analyze Information and begin writing Rough Draft - it may be necassary to broaden your information search to fill in gaps, or on the flip side, narrow or redefine search terms to weed out irrelevant information

Finalize - proof your work and finalize your Works Cited to include only those information sources actually included in your paper. verify your formatting with the appropriate style guide (Easybib has a citation guide for APA and MLA)


Argumentative Essay

Checkout these tutorials for more information on writing an Argumentative Essay.  


MLA Citation Tips

General Rules for MLA Format 7th Edition 
How is MLA 7 different than MLA 6

  • You are no longer required to have URL's in citations. If your instructor wants to include URLs, put them in angle brackets after the entry and end with a period.
  • Use italics instead of underlining for titles of larger works including books or magazines, and "quotation marks" for titles of shorter works such as poems or articles.

Guide for citing a database source:

Last, First M. "Article Title." Database Name. Database Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

See Easybib's Citation Guides for more examples and tips! 

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Be Aware of Bias in Resources

  • Media Bias in Strategic Word Choice
    Emotionally charged words are often used by the media to influence the reader. The truly information literate person reads with a discerning eye and looks for emotionally charged words when reading for information.

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