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MLA Style

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. 

Button linking to MLA Citation Guide

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

Think it Through

Information is constructed & contextual

  • Authority - who wrote this?
  • For what Audience?
  • What is the Purpose?

Information as Inquiry

  • As you find information, more questions appear.

Information as Strategic Exploration

  • Go broad and deep with your research

Specific Resources

Begin your search here:  WorldCat Discovery-a mega search tool!

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Examples of what you will find below!


Finding Statistics

1. Think about who might collect the data.

  • Could it have been collected by a government agency?
  • A nonprofit/nongovernmental organization?
  • A private business or industry group?
  • Academic researchers?

2. Look for publications that cite the dataset/statistics

  • e.g. scholarly articles or government reports.

3. Once you know that what you want exists, it's time to hunt it down.

  • Is it freely available on the web? Check Google—you never know!
  • Or part of a package to which the library already subscribes?
  • UC San Diego LibGuide. (Oct. 2016). Finding Data & Statistics: What is Data? Retrived from:

Films on Demand logoButler 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. 

Go to the Databases by Subject list for other subject databases.

When using reports and papers from think tanks, it is important to know the political orientation or leanings of these organizations (because it can influence their research).  The following websites may help you identify the political leanings of the more prominent national think tanks:  New York Times Think Tank List and The 50 Most Influential Think Tanks in the United States.  Below are listed some of the most influential, most often-cited think tanks with their political leanings noted.

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