MLA published a new 8th edition this past summer. Butler FYS sections, if using MLA style, are usually using the 7th Edition. Consult with your instructor to determine which MLA style edition to use. The following image link leads you to how to cite using the 8th edition.
For a cheat sheet on using the 7th edition of the MLA Style Guide, consult the New Mexico State University Writing Center MLA Style handout.
>Who is the author/creator? What is their expertise? Is it education or experience? Did they live through an event? What makes them an authority?
>Is there anything about this source that makes you doubt its credibility? Are there sources cited? What are these sources and does the author correctly interpret these sources?
>When and why was this source written? Is it trying to sell something or inform you? Is is too old to be relevant? Do you need something older?
>Does this information help you with your research need? Does it add value? What does it lack?
>How do you plan on using this source? Is it background info? Is it something you are arguing against?
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Butler Libraries subscribe to three documentary/educational film collections, Films on Demand, VAST, and Kanopy. Check out the links to these databases below for interviews and biofilms on your person of significance.
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