Putting everything together coherently while supporting your statements is perhaps the hardest part. Make sure your thesis is clear from the beginning, so if you introduce rebuttals, it is clear where you stand. Write an outline or write the first topic sentence of each paragraph; every sentence in each paragraph should branch from that first sentence or idea.
A lot of information means a lot of citations. If you're in doubt about whether you need to cite something, you probably should. "But what if my paper is nothing but a bunch of paraphrases and quotes?" That doesn't mean you've done too much citing; that means you need to add your own commentary and conclusions about what you're citing. A word of advice: the earlier you organize your works cited, the easier this will be. Don't save it till the end or rely on your memory to recall where you got what information! False citations are also plagiarism.
It's hard to be critical of your own work. Apply the same skills you use when reading academic literature to your own paper--support your ideas with evidence and check facts. Make sure at least the writing tutor, Claire Reinke, reads your paper, if not others.
Choose APA or MLA and use it consistently.
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Online periodical and online document:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved from
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. In Title of book or larger document (chapter or section number). Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number, page range. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/
(Jones, 1998, p. 199)
Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.
Full website and web page:
The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008, owl.english.purdue.edu/owl. Accessed 23 Apr. 2008.
"Athlete's Foot - Topic Overview." WebMD, 25 Sept. 2014, www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/athletes-foot-topic-overview.
Journal from database:
Dolby, Nadine. “Research in Youth Culture and Policy: Current Conditions and Future Directions.” Social Work and Society: The International Online-Only Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 2008, www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/60/362. Accessed 20 May 2009.