Welcome to the Oral Communication libguide! Use this guide to get started on your assignment! You must have 5 credible sources, 3 of which need to come from Jefferson College Library. Journal articles are usually the most helpful; however, you can use books or newspapers too. From these sources, you must find supporting evidence for whatever you are arguing. You need to find a variety of supporting material: facts, statistics, stories, examples.
Your outline will have 3 to 5 main points/contentions to prove your thesis. Under each main point, you will need supporting facts, and statistics, with a minimum of 12 pieces of evidence in the whole body of the outline. You must cite your sources.Make sure that you find quality sources when researching your topic. You can consult the videos in this guide for help , or you can always contact a librarian during our open hours in person, via email, text, chat, or phone.
Why do you need to cite sources?
As the MLA Handbook (8th ed) will tell you:
“Academic writing is at its root a conversation among scholars about a topic or question. . . .Given the importance of this conversation to research, authors must have comprehensible, verifiable means of referring to one another’s work. Such reference enable them to give credit to the precursors whose ideas they borrow, build on, or contradict and allow future researchers interested in the history of the conversation to trace it back to its beginning” (5).
As a student, part of your education includes learning documentation styles like MLA. Learning MLA and other styles will help prepare you for other conventions and standards when you enter a career field. Also, by carefully documenting your research and by identifying the ideas that you have borrowed, you will avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is a very serious offense involving the theft of intellectual property, and it can lead to embarrassment, loss of credibility, and even lawsuits (7). You can avoid plagiarizing by citing other authors when you quote or paraphrase their words and ideas. Check out the 'citation help' box (to the right) for resources on how to cite books, websites, and articles. Make sure you are properly citing sources in your papers.
Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook, 8th edition, MLA, 2016.