Are you having trouble citing your sources?
Check out the following information. If you are still having difficulties, please come and see Mrs. Gleek to get individualized help.
We use MLA formatting in most classes here at GLHS. You can use the GLHS Style Manual to help you with specific sources. The English department has put this manual together as a simpler way to use the MLA handbook. If you need to borrow a style manual or an actual MLA Handbook, you may do so in the library. You may also consult the MLA & APA Reference Guide links below.
If you think the handouts & manual are simple to use, try using an online citation generator. These make writing a Works Cited even easier!
STEPS TO RESEARCH:
1. Understand the assignment: In order to succeed at the assignment, you need to make sure you understand all aspects of the project. Make sure you are aware of any topic restrictions and be aware of source, length, and formatting requirements. Also be aware of the paper timeline. Stay on task so that you can avoid falling behind.
2. Choose a topic and purpose/thesis: Make sure that your topic is not too broad or narrow to avoid running into difficulties during the research process. Make sure your thesis can be answered. For help writing a thesis, try Indiana University’s Writing Tutorial Services Page.
3. Creating a preliminary outline: By creating an outline of your ideas before you begin researching, you are creating a researching map. Without a map, it’s easy to stray from your topic. Don’t skip this step like most students.
4. Begin locating resources: Look for sources that are reliable, current, and relevant to your topic. Use the GLHS library catalog or the Columbus Metropolitan Library to find local books that are relevant. Also look on the various GLHS databases to locate magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. Use the internet as a last resort and make sure your sites are credible.
5. Create Source Cards: Consult the GLHS style manual to make sure that you are using the right format.
6. Make note cards: Taking notes by highlighting or reading important passages first. After doing some preliminary research, begin making note cards. Consult the style manual to make sure you are doing them correctly.
7. Create a formal outline: Organize your note cards by topic and create an outline. See the style manual for help formatting an outline.
8. Draft your paper: Using your fragmented outline, write up a first draft of your paper using full sentences and punctuation.
9. Revise and edit: Do not skip this step! This is your chance to make sure it is perfect before turning it in.
10. Write the works cited: For help with citations, go to our citation help page.