1. Page format - Format: Center the header; Set page margins to 1"; Hanging margins (.5"); size 12 Times New Roman font; Double-spaced; Do not skip lines between citations; Alphabetized citations. For annotated bibliography, check sample on MLA 8 page.
2. Page format - Citation arrangement: Do not number or categorize or bullet your sources
3. Page format - Citation alignment: Align left, not centered
4. Page format - Citation arrangement: Make sure document is alphabetized according to the first word in your citations after “A” “An” or “The” We might have missed this (we often forget to check that).
5. Research - Reference: You have too many encyclopedic resources in this bibliography.
6. Research - One or more source does not meet your teacher's expectations.
7. Research - Academic: You have not included academic journals
8. Research - Reference: The only database articles used come from ABC-CLIO, which is an encyclopedia
9. Research - Omit Wikipedia from your bibliography
10. Research - Academic: Your collection of resources lacks balance. Consider including expert opinion, academic journals, primary sources, research studies, statistical analysis, and/or public opinion surveys. What you have here would not meet passing criteria in college. Academics want to see the work of academics in works cited lists. A list of mainstream news publications will suggest that you did not dig deep enough into your topic.
11. Citations - Abbreviations: No abbreviations. Spell it out (e.g., TED Talks is just Technology, Engineering, and Design,)
12. Citations - Capitalization: Title case in article, book titles, and authors
13. Citations - Sequence: Items are in the wrong sequence
14. Citations - Date of Access: Only used date of access when you can’t find the publication date
15. Citations - Citation style: Change from MLA 7 to MLA 8. Tells include: Web, Print, and city of publication for print resources. MLA 8 omits all of these elements.
16. Citations - You should never have n.p. or n.d. That demonstrates that you used EasyBib, that you did not select MLA 8, and that you did not find either the publisher or the date of publication.
17. Citations - Punctuation: Problems with punctuation or spacing.
18. Citations - Missing information: Cannot tell what kind of resource this is from the citation (e.g., magazine, journal, newspaper, website)
19. Citations - Symbol: This symbol | does not belong in a bibliography
20. Citations - Punctuation: Period on last location before starting second container.
21. Citations - Extra information: Either there is extra information or it is written in the wrong place.
22. Citations - Symbols: Avoid using math symbols (+ or |) in the place of conjunctions such as “and”.
23. Citations - Citations style: Using APA or some other citation style
24. Citations - Too much information: You have included more information than you need
25. Citations - D.O.I.: Replace D.O.I. with URL
26. Author (element 1) - Corporate Author - Corporate authors do not reverse. Associated Press is correct. (not Press, Associated). For History.com: Omit “History.com Staff”. I know it says to do this on the website, but don't. I specifically covered History.com in the lesson.
27. Author (element 1) - Sequence: Last name first, first name last. [for one]; Last name first, first name last, and firstnamefirst lastnamelast. [for two]; Always place middle names or their initals after first name (e.g., Mellencamp, John C.)
28. Author (element 1) - Author redundancy: Check this document for example on how to proceed when there are multiple entries by the same author
29. Author (element 1) - When author is not available, skip to element 2 (Title of Source)
30. Author (element 1) - Redundancy: If author and publisher are the same, omit the author.
31. Author (element 1) - Authors, multiple: Check the rules for three or more authors.
32. Author - Name suffix: King, Martin Luther, Jr. but leave out info such as PhD
33. Title of Source (element 2) - Italicizing v. quotes: Part of a larger source in quotations. Entire source in italics.
34. Container (element 3) - Periodicals: Include publication name (leave out "the"), volume, issue, page, and exact date, not just the year.
35. Container (element 3) - Italicizing: Italicize the names of containers (databases and periodicals)
36. Container (element 3) - NCHS: New Canaan High School Library should not appear in citation
37. Container (element 3) - Databases: Include database name as a second container
38. Container (element 3) - Redundancy: If website name and publisher name are the same, omit the publisher.
39. Container (element 3) - Web page v. website: Distinguish web page name from website name
40. Container (element 3) - Redundancy: If the webpage name and the website name are the same (which is very unusual, so look twice!), include only the website title in italics. Do not repeat the information twice.
41. Container (element 3) - Websites: Omit tag lines from publications and websites
42. Additional Contributor (element 4) - Role: “role by” is in lowercase letters and the contributor name is first name first (e.g. edited by Stephen Greenblatt, et.al., or directed by Martin Scorsese)
43. Contributing Editor (element 4) - Role: “role by” is in lowercase letters and the contributor name is first name first (e.g. edited by Stephen Greenblatt, et.al., or directed by Martin Scorsese)
44. Version (element 5) - Version: This element helps to identify e-books. Other versions could include an edition, director's cut, 3rd ed., late ed., Updated ed., Expanded ed., radio edit, etc.
45. Number (element 6) - Journal number: Include vol._, no._, (insert correct number in blank spaces!)
46. Publisher (element 7) - Periodicals: Omit publisher information with periodicals
47. Publisher (element 7) - Websites: Include publisher on websites and books (including e-books). Publisher information must be correct, which means there is no city of publication (that was MLA 7). Publisher is NOT italicized.
48. Date of Publication (element 8) - Date format: Dates are Day Mon. Year. Abbreviate all months to 3 letters followed by a period except May June, July, and Sept.
49. Date of Publication (element 8) - Date: Periodical articles, books, and websites books should include date of publication. If you cannot find the publication date, then (and only then) include the access date.
50. Location (element 9) - URL: Delete http:// and omit < >
51. Location (element 9) - URL: Missing URLs
52. Location (element 9) - Page number: Pages: p. for one page and pp. for more than one
53. Location (element 9) - Domain name extension: Omit domain extensions from website names (.org, .com, .edu, etc.)
54. Location (element 9) - URL: Undo hyperlinks so the document is consistently in black ink and there is no underlining
55. Location (element 9) - URL: Use permalinks wherever possible
56. Instruction - Guides: Use the resources we created to help you: https://sites.google.com/ncps-k12.org/nchslibraryannex/citing-sources
57. Praise - Balance: Your resource selection demonstrates a sound understanding of the research process.
58. Praise - Citations are correct. Great job!!!
59. Praise - Page: Page is formatted correctly. Great Job !!!
60. Praise - Balance: Your research indicates that you delved deeply into our library collection to answer your research question.
61. Praise - Balanced resources: Interesting mix of perspectives. This demonstrates that you were considering all sides of this topic. Nice!