Research Help

on this page:

  • MackinVIA (location of RHS online resources or databases)
  • Writing Tips
  • Citing Sources help


MackinVIA is the portal to our online resources: online encyclopedias, databases, articles, ebooks, and digital audiobooks.  Here are the 2015-2016 online resources:



Good intro on writing an INTERESTING thesis statement:

What the thesis statement does vs. what the topic sentences do.  Fast forward to 2:35 if you want to get to the point:

The art of the argumentative (a.k.a. persuasive) essay:


Citing Sources


  1. Databases and ebooks often cite their sources for you. Look for a completed citation or a link that says citation.  You’ll just have to copy and paste into your document.
  2. Use if you can’t find a completed MLA citation.  Make sure…
    1. you select the right type of source (book, article, website) because that matters
    2. You will have to loacte and fill in any missing information and check the info that is there.  You are still responsible for a mistake that easybib makes.
  3. Visit the Purdue OWL website for answers to your formatting questions and to see examples of works cited pages, annotated bibliographies, and in-text citations.
  4. The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia
    October 27, 2011
    by Mark E. Moran
  5. What’s Wrong with Wikipedia? Harvard Guide to Using Sources A Publication of the Harvard College Writing Program


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