About this Guide
This guide was created to help you identify, find, and cite scholarly sources for your Essay Assignment.
Please contact the English & Film Studies Librarian, Meredith, for research support:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Online via Zoom: connect by email to arrange for this option.
What is a Scholarly Source?
The term scholarly describes sources that have gone through different kinds of 'quality control' and improvement processes before publication. These processes involve separating out work that meets the highest standards of research from work that does not meet those standards.
Common types of scholarly sources are peer-reviewed journal articles and books.
- How can I tell if my source is scholarly? (video: 2:47)
- What is a peer-reviewed journal? (video: 1:32)
Where to Search
For this assignment, you'll need to cite your sources in MLA style.
- How to cite in MLA style (video: 4:40)
Purdue's MLA Formatting and Style Guide is really helpful. Specifically, check out:
- MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (you'll find an example of "An Article in an Online Scholarly Journal")
- MLA Works Cited: Books
- MLS In-Text Citations: The Basics