Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Writing Papers? It’s Dangerous To Go Alone!

As we head into Finals Week, and many of us are working on research papers, I want to remind my fellow students of some of my favorite research tools. And if you haven’t done so already, now may be a good time to click around Vol State’s Thigpen Library website and see what they have to offer.

JStor is in the Library’s "Databases" section (under “J”) and is a wealth of papers, essays, and books; both old and new. If you need something quotable on a certain literary subject, stop there first.

NoodleTools is your one-stop source for creating a citations page. Choose the type of style you need (MLA, AP, or Chicago) and start a new project. You enter the information for your citations, and it does all the formatting! You’ll find NoodleTools in the menu on the right on the Library’s website, and if you need help getting started ask a librarian.

For outside help, try books.google.com where Google has been working on archiving out-of-print and hard-to-find texts.

Don’t forget that experts are available in the Language Center to help you editing and style guidelines, and our librarians can help point you in the right direction for research sources.

Good luck! I have papers to finish.

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners

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