|Office: FLITE 140H|
ENGL 150 - Caserta
Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative encyclopedia. Anyone can create or edit content, thereby helping to create the largest popular reference work on the internet.
Because of its collaborative nature the information on Wikipedia is often suspect in terms of it authority and accuracy. Use Wikipedia only to gain a basic understanding of a concept and an entry's bibilography to find reliable research materials.
As an alternative to Wikipedia FLITE Library now subscribes to two online encyclopedia collections. These sources offer hundreds of easily searched authoratative titles, use them anytime you would use Wikipedia.
To find journal articles on a particular topic, use one or more of the databases available on the FLITE Web site. These databases provide indexing to thousands of journal titles.
Large full-text database with over 50 million articles covering a wide variety of subjects with articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Always the best place to start.
Other databases are sorted by subject from the Database Access page.
Historic Daily Life
- The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily life : a tour through history from ancient times to present
FLITE Reference (1st Floor) - GT31 .G74 2004
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
FLITE Reference (1st Floor) - GN333 .W67 1998
- American Decades
FLITE Reference (1st Floor) - E169.12 .A41
Also available as ebook.
- St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
FLITE Reference (1st Floor) - E169.1 .S764 1999
Also available as ebook.
Also try searching the catalog for books specific to daily life in your time period and/or geographic region. For example:
daily life and Victorian England
daily life and China
daily life and nineteenth century
Are all websites created equal?
Use one of these guides to help evaluate websites.
Internet Resources Evaluation
Web Page Evaluation Checklist from University of California at Berkeley
For books and documents in the circulating collection (Main Stacks), use the Online Catalog. Search either using keyword or subject.
Use MelCat to look up books in other Michigan Libraries. MelCat items will be delivered to the circulation desk and you will receive an Email when the items arrive. If materials you need aren't available via MelCat try Inter-Library Loan.
Citation Style Guide: MLA (PDF)
An online version of FLITE's MLA Quick Reference handout, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
OWL MLA Style Guide from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.
Another great source to help with MLA citations for your Works Cited List.
Citations - a FLITE guide
A guide to understanding citations, and a link to different online citation management tools that can help you input your sources and create your works cited lists.
Librarians are available to help answer research questions and provide other library assistance. You can find librarians at the Oval Information Desk located on the First Floor of FLITE, by phone at 231-591-3602, by email (netref at (@) ferris.edu), or via chat.
Contact: Kristy Motz/ Email / Phone: 231-591-3625 / Office: FLITE 140H
Last update: April 5, 2011