Substance Abuse

Recommended Databases –

use the MackinVia link from the ACCESS APS page here

  • Teen Health and Wellness – provides MLA citations at the bottom of each resource
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context – learn both sides of any issue through magazine, newspapers, primary sources, and more.
  • Book inside the Gale Virtual Reference Library – Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior 
  • Science in Context from Gale- provides MLA citations under “citation tools”

Recommended Web Sites:

In our book collection, go to Dewey Decimal # 362 for books on substance abuse.  These books are EXCELLENT for answering all your research questions.

An MLA Style Bibliography:

A bibliography is a list of sources that provides proper citations for ALL of the sources you used in a project. There are more than 3 kinds of ways those citations could be formatted (MLA, APA or Chicago are three possible styles.) Most students learn MLA style for papers in the humanities, but they might be asked to use APA style for scientific research while still in high school.

Noodletools is software that can cite in 3 different styles for over 90 different types of media (from print books, to magazines, to e-books and You-tube videos.)  Since citation has become difficult in the age of so many different formats, it’s helpful to apply technology to produce your best work.  Besides citation, NoodleTools helps a researcher hyperlink to the sources he or she is using, organize electronic notecards, integrate them into an outline, and also hyperlink to a Google doc.  It supports collaboration when you are working in a team, and your teacher, librarian or mentor can monitor and comment upon your progress by logging in.  It’s web-based, so you can work on your Noodletools project anywhere you have internet connection.

For full credit, use this checklist to build a strong Bibliography.  Use NoodleTools and get help in the library if you want a great bibliography.  You must get more or ALL of the following correct for full credit.  Your score will be ___ out of ___ .

1.    __ all of your sources are listed, including the sources of your images.  The way you list them follows MLA format.  See image.

2.    __ you chose your sources from the recommendations at the library’s research guide above instead of googling for sources that might not be credible.

3.    __ each source has a complete citation according to MLA guidelines modeled in resources such as THE OWL AT PURDUE or your account at  (See login information at the online library’s research guide for this project.)

4.    __ citations are listed in alphabetical order according to the first word in each citation

5.    __ Bibliography is a separate page of your project (or slide of your slide show.  It is labeled with Works Cited (centered at the top of the page, NOT bold or any larger than the rest of the text).  The rest of the bibliography is justified on the left margin.  View example.

6.    __ font is 12 point (and Times New Roman if possible.)

7.    __ paper is double-spaced, and so are the citations of the Bibliography.  View example.

8.    __ The first line of the citation is NOT indented on left side, but if the citation is longer than one line, subsequent lines are indented on the left.  (This is called a “hanging indent” which you can Google.)  View example.

9.    __ Your project has 1 inch margins on left and right (although the last words of a citation might not reach all the way to the right side.)  View example.

10.    __ proper punctuation is applied to separate the parts of the citation.

11.    __ titles are capitalized properly.  Italics are used for the names of major works such as books and databases.  But titles of articles are put in “quotation marks.”
12.   __ If you use images in your project, you need to site the source of those images.  Keep in mind that if you used Google’s Image Search Engine to locate an image on the internet,  Google is not the SOURCE PAGE of the images.  Google is a search engine.  It finds web pages published by others and takes you to that web page for the image.  Your bibliography needs to cite the web page on which the image was published.  Use NoodleTools to help you build the citation for that web page.
13.    __ For this project, you may include the entire web address at the end of your citation and place it inside  these marks (math teachers call the “greater than and less than” symbols.     < URL  >