Welcome! This guide has been created to direct students to good quality resources for their speeches. Some of the most useful features of this guide are:
The box on the left on this screen tells you how to access databases from off campus. There's lots of great stuff in the databases!
You will find some additional Guides in the Specific Assignments box on the left to direct you to sources for some specific class assignments.
The Finding Books & Media tab at the top of the page contains access to the Library Catalog which lists books and audiovisual media in the MCC Library. Also on this tab you will find databases that contain full-text reference books on many subjects.
The Finding Articles & More tab will take you to databases that contain articles in journals, magazines, newspapers, and more. This is probably the part of this guide that you will use the most!!
The Evaluating Sources tab will take you to our Source Evaluation Rubric (SCARAB Rubric) which will help you select good quality sources suitable for use in a college-level research assignment.
The Citing Sources tab provides sample citations for both MLA and APA citation styles.
Need help? To the right you will find contact information to get help from a librarian.
Why are we doing this?
INFORMATION LITERACY is one of the five general education objectives that our faculty want all students to learn. Part of Information Literacy is the ability to evaluate information for QUALITY and to select sources that are SUITABLE for the information need! We're here today to help you develop these skills. Following this session (and with some practice), you should be able to:
1. Evaluate the quality of a resource using multiple criteria including authority, objectivity, and accuracy.
2. Judge the suitability of a resource to the information need by assessing such characteristics as its purpose, scope, intended audience, point of view, timeliness, publication format, and relevance.
3. Select appropriate access tools to identify and locate information sources for argumentative papers.