we all write essays that need sources like 5 seconds before it’s due so here is my #1 tip that i haven’t been called out for yet in my 3 years of college
writing a paper on alexander the great but couldn’t be bothered to look at more than the wikipedia page? WELL
GO to the wikipedia page and find a fact that you’d like to incorporate…
coooool honor and glory so Manly™ ANYWAYS
see that little circled 169? click it and it’ll take you HERE:
so with this one you’ll get not one, but two sources. that GIVE YOU PAGE NUMBERS. mla in-text citations? done. just paraphrase the fact, and add “…”(Green 5).
but we need the full thing, don’t we? go here by clicking on the hyperlink -
and that’s all the info you need! now google to find the exact book and more up-to-date accurate info you need for your works cited and, maybe, find a pdf online or a copy in your library.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. for this example it doesn’t work, because the page this specific fact is on is not available in the way i’m gonna show you, but oh well.
you could’ve clicked on “Roisman and Worthington 2010, p. 190,” which’ll take you here:
scroll down aaaaaand
see those blue links? those are available chapters of the book! for free! right at your fingertips! no need to get up and run to your library, or stress out that you can’t find the book online. google books has TONS of resources.
at the bottom of a wikipedia article, the sources are categorized into primary and secondary sources as well, in case you need to fill a specific source type requirement.
you can do this with anything. i’ve done it with audrey hepburn (my school library had no books/articles of use), world war ii, the hebrews in the old testament…literally, anything. as a disclaimer, this probs isn’t 100% foolproof, but none of my professors have caught on. and in a pinch, it works better than scanning an entire book or article for a fact you need.