Firstly, you need to update your Works Cited page to reflect the sources you actually cited in your paper. As you have written your paper, you have inserted the parenthetical citations for the sources you have quoted and paraphrased. Now you need to make sure the Works Cited page matches ALL of the sources you actually cited in the paper and ONLY the sources you actually cited in the paper. The Works Cited page should include the bibliographic citation for each of the sources you have actually used in your paper. You may have found additional sources that you used since those early days, and you may have decided not to use some of those early sources you found in the final paper. You need to make sure the final Works Cited page actually matches your paper.
See pages 27-41 for the details of creating the Works Cited page (there are sample Works Cited pages on pages 28, 132-133, and 145 of the Essay Guide). The example on pages 132-133 is the Works Cited page for the final sample essay which is given on pages 125-131 (so you can see how all of it fits together in ONE file). The Works Cited page is simply the last page(s) of your essay file.
Follow these steps to update the Works Cited page, finalize, and proofread your paper:
- Watch the video titled “Works Cited page” in the Writing – Videos folder on the Google drive.
- Read pages 27-41 in the Essay Guide.
- Look at the sample Works Cited pages on pages 28, 132-133, and 145 of the Essay Guide.
- Open your research paper file and navigate to the LAST PAGE. The Works Cited page must be on the next page after your conclusion, titled Works Cited.
- Update the bibliographic citations for each source you have cited in your paper (in alphabetical order with a hanging indent).
- In the paper, underline your claim statement (it should be the LAST sentence of your introduction).
- Underline EACH topic sentence (topic sentences should be the FIRST sentence of each body paragraph, should link directly to the claim, and should identify the subject of the body paragraph).
- Consider revising the way you’ve said things to add rhetorical devices (see pages 108-113, 140-141 of the Essay Guide).
- Make sure every quotation has a lead-in and a lead-out (NO sentence may begin with a quotation; NO paragraph may end with a quotation).
- Consider each body paragraph – do you have enough scholarly evidence in each paragraph to really make your point? (EVERY point must be thoroughly supported by scholarly evidence. If it isn’t, consider adding more paraphrases and quotations – and cite them!!).
- READ your paper and make sure every idea is clear (reading it aloud will help you find errors).
- Make sure you’ve used the required number of scholarly sources in your paper (check the rubric if you don’t remember how many you were required to use).
- READ THE RUBRIC!!!!
- View these presentations: Rubric Worksheet Presentation Ans.pptx; Common Violations of Scholarly Writing FA20.pptx