The research is done, the sources have been gathered, and you are ready to prepare a list of References or a Works Cited page for your assigned paper. Puzzled about where and how to get started? The answer depends on the subject you are writing about. Why? Because different subjects will require that you use citation styles designed for that type of research. For instance, an English research paper on the author John Steinbeck will use MLA (Modern Language Association) format. If you are writing a psychology paper on psychologist Jean Piaget, you will use APA (American Psychological Association) format. Check with your instructor to verify which style to use for your paper.
Once you have completed your research and collected the information for your citations, Georgia Perimeter College libraries have some excellent resources to get you on your way. Begin at the GPC Libraries “Cite Your Sources” page, where you can find several citation links. You can print handouts or use them online.
Purdue University provides an excellent writing resource for students, OWL at Purdue Online Writing Lab. They offer over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing; Research; Grammar and Mechanics; and Style Guides.
If you need more ‘face to face’ assistance with writing and organizing your paper, stop by the Learning and Tutoring Centers on your GPC campus. The Learning and Tutoring Center staff specializes in helping you with writing your paper, proofreading, format, style, grammar, organization. They are happy to help! Hours of operation vary by location, so check the hours for the location you’d like to visit.
Now that the puzzle is solved, it’s time to get to work! Remember there is plenty of help from your professor, GPC Libraries, and GPC Learning and Tutoring Centers. Good luck and happy citing!
~Ellen Barrow, Librarian, Clarkston Campus