World History paper reminders
1. Remember to create your Works Cited page first. You can’t do parenthetical citations without
the Works Cited page.
2. Everything on the Works Cited page MUST be cited in the paper. If you do not end up using a
source, move it to a Works Consulted page (Yes, you CAN have a Works Cited page and a Works
3. Only use a direct quote if you can’t rephrase it. For example, say this is what a source says: “In a
study performed by the US Government, 90% of teenagers say they occasionally throw away
part of their school lunch.” You would NOT direct quote that! You can easily rephrase it.
Therefore, you do NOT need many direct quotes in your paper. In fact, you may not have any.
4. It should always be 100% clear to Mrs. Smithfield what source you got your information from.
All direct quotes and statistics should be cited.
5. Remember that there are different ways to cite and you want your citation to “flow” in your
paper. See the Parenthetical citations page on the libguide for examples. For example, say that
your source is an article title “The Sea” by Dr. Eli Davis. Here are three ways you can cite
information from that article.
a. 70% of all life on earth is contained in the oceans (Davis).
b. According to Dr. Eli Davis, the oceans contain 70% of all life.
c. Dr. Eli Davis, professor of Oceanography at Harvard, reminds us that the oceans contain
70% of all life on earth.
6. If a source has a page number, you MUST cite the page number. Keep this in mind for when you
cite your textbook. For example, say that the article by Dr. Eli Davis had page numbers. You
would need to put those it. For example:
a. 70% of all life on earth is contain in the oceans (Davis 15).
7. Mrs. Smithfield is ALWAYS happy to read your paper. She will not be grading the content of the
paper, but she will be grading the parenthetical citations and the Works Cited page.