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New resource for CMS citation help

Wondering how to cite that primary source for your GS10 paper?

Using a source type that Noodle Tools doesn’t list and wondering how to cite it in CMS?

Go to chicagomanualofstyle.org while on the MLWGS network and find the answers.

Thanks to a recommendation from Mrs. Voight and technical expertise from Mr. Bortz, the MW Library has arranged trial access to the Chicago Manual of Style Online through March 31, 2019. If you have any questions, see Ms. DeGroat.

If you consult this new resource and consider it useful, please let Ms. DeGroat know. The Governors School Foundation has offered to fund a subscription to CMS Online that would begin after our trial access ends. Our trail access gives us the same functionality that a future subscription would.

Remember, CMS Online is only available while you’re on-campus at MLWGS, so plan your time strategically.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2019 in news

 

Export to NoodleTools from JSTOR or Gale databases

Our Gale databases (e.g., Opposing Viewpoints, World History in Context, General OneFile, etc.) offer two integrations that can save you time when you research:

  • SAVING sources directly to Google Drive or One Drive
  • EXPORTING citations for sources to Noodle Tools

Chances are you already use the Google/OneDrive integration.

This 1-minute video shows how to export a citation for a source to Noodle Tools.

 

Now JSTOR is offering the “Export to NoodleTools” option too. In this case, you can export citations in a batch for any articles saved to your “My Workspace” in JSTOR. To learn how to use this feature, follow the steps on this PDF: Export_to_Noodle_Tools_Dec2018.

selecting Export to NoodleTools in JSTOR

At this time, none of our other database providers have an “Export to Noodle Tools” feature for citations. However, you can SAVE articles to your Google Drive or One Drive from ProQuest’s GenderWatch or Historical Newspapers databases, and you can SAVE directly to Google Drive from EBSCO’s AP Source/Explora database.

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2018 in news

 

Thanks for restocking the gratitude box!

Abundant gratitude to all who contributed cards to help restock the library’s gratitude box! It is now full of blank, thank you, friendship, birthday, get well, sympathy, and thinking of you cards!

There are more cards in the gratitude drawer near the creativity and calm cabinet, as well as paper, stickers, and fancy scissors to design your own cards.

assorted cards contributed to fill the library's gratitude box

 

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2018 in news

 

Evidence & voice in the mentorship paper

As you find, evaluate, and analyze evidence for your mentorship paper, practice articulating how your understanding of the topic is evolving, integrating your voice throughout your notes – questioning, interpreting, summarizing, paraphrasing, comparing and contrasting, critiquing, etc.

In addition, consider writing reflections about this evolving understanding at whatever intervals make sense to you (e.g., weekly, biweekly, monthly).

By developing these habits, you will likely find it easier for your voice to emerge clearly in the final paper without being drowned out by your sources. This requires both skillful source integration, such as effective paraphrases/summaries and judicious use of direct quotes, and a writing style fitting for the paper.

To support your appropriate use of evidence while maintaining your academic voice, here are two resources from the University of Melbourne (the second one is valuable but lengthy, so skim section headings to find portions useful to you):

Once you draft the body paragraphs, consider coding the supporting evidence for each main point in a different color. This provides a visual sense of how well you’ve supported each point and how much text is left in your voice. You can then study the text in your voice for consistency, tone, diction, and other traits.

When you read the paper aloud (perhaps recording it and playing it back), do some details sound out of place? Many writing teachers suggest creating a reverse outline to evaluate your paper’s structure.

Set aside time for steps like these designed to help you strengthen and polish your paper. Academic writing takes study, time, and practice, but you CAN do it. Good luck!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in news