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ENG-228 (Peters_Spring 2020)

Black American Literature

Using Information for Assignments

Now that you have found information on your topic, consider how you are going to use it.

How will you construct new meaning from this information and communicate it effectively? 

It is helpful to read through all of your sources to make sure that you have the information you need.  As you read through them, you may find citations to other relevant sources.  Looking through the references in all of your sources can be helpful in finding these additional sources.

As you begin to use the information you found, it is critical to consider how you are using it.


Rider's Policies on Plagiarism

The Rider Libraries webpage has information and links to resources on plagiarism. The following information is from this website (

"Plagiarism is the representation of the ideas of others as one's own. Unfortunately, plagiarism can be unintentional, as well as intentional (look at what happened to George Harrison via The Copyright Website).

Like most colleges and universities, Rider takes a strong stand against plagiarism. The Code of Academic Conduct published in The Source: Student Handbook reads:

  • Academic dishonesty includes any unauthorized collaboration or misrepresentation in the submission of academic work. In all written work, whether in class or out of class, the student's name on the work is considered to be a statement that the work is his or hers alone, except as otherwise indicated. Students are expected to provide proper citations for the statements and ideas of others whether submitted word for word, or paraphrased. Failure to provide proper citations will be considered plagiarism and offenders will be subject to the charge of plagiarism specified in the statement of regulations.

The full text of the Code and suggestions for avoiding plagiarism are found in Rider University's Official Student Handbook, The Source.

The Libraries' website provides excerpts of style guides to assist you in using correct citations to give attributions.

Other helpful sites include:

Do not hesitate to ask librarians for assistance in avoiding plagiarism"

The Library Home page has a link called "Bibliography and Citation Tools" under the column labeled Research and Instruction. After clicking this link, you will see NoodleTools listed at the top of this page. You will need to register and create a username and password. Many students use their Rider easy pass account information to create a login. When registering, be sure to use your Rider email address on the form.

After logging into your NoodleTools account, click the "Create a New Project" link found on the top right side of the page. Select the desired citation style and be sure to select Advanced Citation level. Name your project in the description box, then submit. The citation software will store your citations, allow you to retrieve them for producing your entire list, and will format the information correctly for you--as long as you put in the right information into the form!


Creating a new project

Modern Language Association (MLA) Citations

Use NoodleTools to create a works cited page for your paper.  NoodleTools can be found on the Libraries' website under “Biblliography and Citation Tools.” 

When you access NoodleTools from off-campus, you will be asked first for your Rider EasyPass username and password. 

  1. Create your own NoodleTools Personal ID & Password and click Sign in.
  2. Once signed into NoodleTools, click on +New Project.
  3. Enter a project title (e.g., “CMP 125”), select a Citation style (MLA) and select Advanced for the Citation Level.
  4. This will take you to the Dashboard where you can add Project details, Sharing & Collaboration permissions and To-do items.  (No entries are required here.)
  5. Click on the Sources tab at the top of the page to start your works cited page. 
  6. Click on +Create a new citation.
  7. Answer the questions about your resource and complete the form.
  8. Click on Submit.
  9. To add more citations, repeat steps 6-8.
  10. To create/print your works cited page for your paper, click on Print/Export in the toolbar and select an option (e.g., Print/Export to Word). 

Example of citing a video in MLA citation style:

Filling in fields for citing a video in MLA style with Film/Recording in tab ;

Works Cited

Moonlight. 2017. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Lions Gate Entertainment, 2017.