First Year Experience Resources
Search databases to find articles in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, reference sources, and other publications. Access from off campus with your FSC username and password.
Use the "Search Everything" tab on the Library’s homepage to search across all library collections, including books, ebooks, journals, magazines, newspapers, and other publications.
Academic Search Complete
Articles from peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and magazines useful for many subjects. A great place to get started with research.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Information on controversial issues. Articles from academic journals, magazines, and reference books, audio of news reporting and interviews, videos, statistics, geographic data, and more. Covers a range of topics.
Points of View Reference Center
Information on controversial issues. Topic overviews, essays, articles from magazines and newspapers, government documents, and transcripts news reporting. Covers a range of topics.
Research in Context
Articles, books, images, biographies, audio, video, magazines, newspapers, and primary sources.Topics include cultures, government, people, U.S. history, world history, geography, literature, science, social issues, and more.
Proquest Research Library
Articles from academic journals, trade publications, and magazines across many subjects.
Topic overviews, including biographies, articles, and media. Covers a wide range of subjects.
Films on Demand
Educational films on a wide range of topics. Includes options to view films in short segments and read transcripts.
Search for textbooks by course number via this list of textbooks on reserve. Also search by title in the Library's catalog. Request textbooks at the Circulation Desk and use for up to two hours in the Library. Call numbers are designated by course number, e.g. FRX 101
- Circulating Books: Located on the Lower Level. Check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time with your FSC ID
- Reference Books: Located on the First Floor. Must be used within the Library. Includes encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, test prep books, etc.
Search for ebooks via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc. View materials as a PDF and access from off campus with your FSC username and password.
Find statistics through the following resources:
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Statistics and other resources on current and controversial issues.
Find statistics from governmental agencies by adding "site:.gov" to the end of a Google search. For example, if you’re looking for statistics on high school graduation rates, searching high school graduation rates site:.gov would bring back information and statistics from the U.S. Department of Education (ed.gov) and other government agencies.
English courses use the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and format style. See below for basic guidelines and examples of MLA citation style. See the “Citation Help” section for more details, examples, and sample MLA papers.
Why you need to cite sources:
- Citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing (i.e. if you are using any resource [journal article, book, website, report, interview, etc.], you NEED to give credit to the original source).
- The readers of your work need citations to learn more about your ideas and where they came from.
- Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
- Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.
In-text citations give credit to sources in the body of your paper. Use in-text citations when paraphrasing, directly quoting, or using ideas from sources.
- MLA citation style uses the author-page method for in-text citations: Author(s)’ last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text.
- Last names may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number(s) should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence.
The Works Cited page lists complete citations which correspond to in-text citations. The word or phrase you use in your in-text citations must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in your Works Cited page.
- Separate page labeled “Works Cited,” double-spaced, same margins, etc. as rest of paper.
- Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
- Alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
- Authors' names are inverted (last name, first name; middle name/initial).
- If a work has no known author, use a shortened version of the title.
Capitalization and Punctuation
- Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc, but do not capitalize articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle, e.g. Gone with the Wind.
- Use italics (instead of underlining) for titles of larger works (books, magazines) and quotation marks for titles of shorter works (poems, articles).
NoodleTools is a citation manager that can help you generate and format citations correctly.
- Select the type of resource you are citing (article, book, website, etc.) and NoodleTools will prompt you to enter required information. A citation is then generated in your selected format (MLA).
- NoodleTools requires an account, so every time you log in your citations will be saved for you.
- When you are finished entering information, a reference list can be generated for you and exported to MS Word or Google Docs.
For more details and examples of MLA citation style, visit the following websites:
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
- The MLA Style Center
- The Writer’s Handbook: MLA Documentation Guide (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Plagiarism.org: How Do I Cite Sources?
Also find books on MLA citation style when you search the Library’s catalog by subject: Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Visit the Writing Center, located on the Second Floor of Greenley Hall.
Consult Farmingdale State College’s Handbook on Writing Research Papers.
More research paper guides: