To Begin <ul><li>Once you have selected your capital, you will want to begin looking for information. I suggest starting with </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia . </li></ul>
A Caution <ul><li>Wikipedia is not a reliable source for research: anyone can change any entry at any time. </li></ul>Therefore, Wikipedia is not to be used as a source, but as a means of beginning the search for valid sources.
Using Wikipedia Trick #1 <ul><li>At the bottom of most entries, you will find a section entitled “References and external links.” </li></ul>These are sources outside Wikipedia that have usually been checked out already. Therefore, these sites can be used as sources. See an example in the article on Sucre , Bolivia’s second capital
Wikipedia Trick #1 Hint <ul><li>Check links to be sure they still work AND to see if they have information that you need. </li></ul>
Using Wikipedia Trick #2 <ul><li>If there are insufficient “References and external links,” try searching for key words from the article using a search engine, such as Yahoo! or Google. </li></ul>See an example using the key words “ Pujllay festival .”
Wikipedia Trick #1 Hint <ul><li>If you find a source in another language that you think you can use, try copying the lines you want into an online translator such as Babelfish or Freetranslation.com to get the basic gist of the article. </li></ul>Try translating a section from the Municipal Government of Sucre’s website . Be sure you click the “Free Translation” button on Freetranslation.com and that you choose Spanish to English for both.
Wikipedia Trick #2 Hint <ul><li>Not all sources that come up in your search will be helpful or reliable. First check the descriptions provided in the search results to determine if the site might have information you could use. </li></ul>Sources with excessive ads , with no date of publication or updates , and/or with no one to take credit for the information are unlikely to contain reliable information. That is, anyone could have made them up.
Wikipedia Trick #2 Hint <ul><li>Personal webpages, including blogs and student research projects, do not count as valid sources. </li></ul>Any address containing myspace, blogspot, geocities, angelfire, or xanga, for example, would therefore not be an acceptable source.
Citing Your Source <ul><li>CitationMachine.net will do everything for you... </li></ul>...after you find all of the information you need. Go ahead and open Citation Machine in a separate window when you have found a source you want to use.
Citing Your Sources <ul><li>Once in Citation Machine, select MLA . </li></ul>Then select what type of source you are using (for this project, most likely a webpage—under non-print ). You will then need to locate your author, page title, site title, publishing date, organization, and URL.
Find Your Information <ul><li>At the top, you will find… </li></ul>Website title Webpage title
Find Your Information <ul><li>At the bottom, you will find… </li></ul>Publication date (go with the most recent) Organization and/or author (skip author as long as there’s an organization)
Almost Done! <ul><li>Click “Submit” once you’ve filled in the proper information, and the site makes your source citation for you! </li></ul>Just be sure you copy and paste the FIRST citation; it’ll make formatting easier later.