“Works Cited” or “References” lists at the end of your research papers only include resources that you actually cited within the context of your essay. Before submitting your final essay, be sure to verify your citations.
- Print out a draft of your paper. Separate your end-of-paper bibliography from the rest of the essay.
- Carefully read through your essay. Stop at EVERY spot where you reference information that is not your own (summary, paraphrase, or direct quote). For each location, check the following:
- In the same sentence, do you introduce the summary, paraphrase, or direct quotation (not just “dump in” a quote)?
- Do you adequately summarize or paraphrase, and/or do you include quotation marks?
- In the same sentence, do you provide a correctly styled (e.g., MLA, APA, IEEE, Chicago, etc.) in-text citation?
- Do you connect the information from the summary, paraphrase, and/or quote back to your larger argument (this may happen in the next sentence)?
- Is the complete bibliographic citation included in your final list? Put a check by the entry on the end-of-paper bibliography so you know you have used that source. If it is not there, add the full bibliographic citation.
- After you have carefully read through your entire essay and checked all of your in-text citations, look at your end-of-paper bibliography. Are there any remaining citations that were not in your essay? If so, delete them from your list.
- Share-out: Write a reflection of this activity. What types of revisions did you make? Post your reflection below to the comments thread.