Quick Write

What are some reasons we read?


  • Survey the table of contents.
  • Skim to get a sense of the whole.
  • Browse the headings.
  • Look up terms or concepts you don’t know.
  • Summarize what you have read.
  • A purpose for reading. Are you reading for understanding, information, background knowledge, for support and evidence, or to answer a questions?

The 4 Ps

Previewing the text.

Predicting what the text is about.

Think about the prior knowledge you have on the topic.

Author’s Purpose

Smart Reading

We read for ideas, to deepen our understanding, provide background information, sharpen critical thinking, and to look at alternative view points.
  • Read to deepen what you already know.
  • Read above your level of knowledge.
  • Read what makes you uncomfortable.
  • Read against the grain.
  • Read slowly.
  • Annotate what you read.

MLA Style

Purdue OWL MLA Citation Guide Go here for updated MLA.

MLA was updated June 2016 to the 8th edition. If you learned it before that, there are many small changes that you have to learn.

MLA In-Text

MLA: In-Text Citations (8th edition, 2016)

MLA Works Cited

Video MLA Style: List of Works Cited (8th Edition, 2016)


Here is a good explanation of citations in MLA.

Here is the format:

Author(s). “Article Title.” Source, vol. #, no. #, season year, pp. xx-xx. Database, URL.


Kong, Les. “Business Sources for Education Majors.” Education Graduate Students Journal, vol. 75, no. 4, 2014, pp. 12-19. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/52506788.


We will be going over the 8th edition MLA citation Style. You can look under our resources page for MLA or APA guides. There are three things to consider for each style guide you use:

  1. Page Formatting
  2. In-Text Citations
  3. Works Cited/References Page

Here is a Power Point presentation covering MLA style 8th edition and the recent changes.

Let’s cite an article together.

What questions do you have?

Straub Responding

Take two minutes and review the Straub article, “Responding–Really Responding–to Other Students’ Writing.”

Write down one or two things that are important to remember when workshopping a paper with a peer.

Keep these things in mind.

  • Peer edit the same way you revise your own work.
  • Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities.
  • Offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Praise what is genuinely good in the paper.