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Homer's The Odyssey -

Strategies for Internet Research

Step 1: Brainstorm your resources

  • library subscription databases (GALE Literature Resource Center &


Step 2: Identify key terms

  • What are the most important words about this topic? Type those words in the search boxes when looking for articles during your research. In this case, those key words would be "Odyssey" and/or "Homer"

Step 3: Begin the search Gale_literature_resource_center.jpg

  • From the Round Rock High School Library home page (, click on the link for Online Databases (

  • Click on GALE Literature Resource Center

  • Enter your search terms in the Find box (Ex: Odyssey) and click Search

  • The purple and yellow tabs along the top of the screen will help you narrow your results (Literature Criticism, Biographies, Topic & Work Overviews, Reviews & News, Primary Sources & Literary Works, and Multimedia)

  • To read the article, click on the blue, underlined title

  • To cite your source, click on Citation Tools at the top right-hand corner of the article

  • Click on MLA 7th edition, then Save

  • Click Open, then highlight and Copy

Step 3: Begin the search Teaching_books.gif

To cite your source using the MLA format, fill in the blanks for the following format:

  • Author's name. Title of web page. Title of web site. Publishing organization, Date published or last revised. Medium. Date Retrieved. <Web URL>.

  • Skip any information that isn't available

  • Example: "Changing Immigration Policy." PBS. MacNeil-Lehrer Productions , 12 DEC 2001. Web. 11 Nov 2010. <>.

  • Or you can use this site to help you: Son of Citation Machine. All you have to do is plug in the information, then copy and paste it.