Narrative Script for Pullman Research Paper

Step 7: Document Sources

Follow the style of documentation that your teacher specifies.

Kiran's teacher told students to follow the style recommended by the Modern Language Association (MLA). This style calls for parenthetical citations in the report whenever a researcher quotes or paraphrases someone. The parentheses contain minimal information about a source—just enough for readers to locate more information about the source in the Works Cited list.

Give credit for every quotation and paraphrase.

Kiran learned that a researcher doesn't have to give credit for common knowledge—for example, that Chicago is in the state of Illinois—and shouldn't overload a report with parenthetical citations. Many sentences should carry the researcher's own thoughts about the topic.

Prepare your Works Cited list.

Kiran cut and pasted her working bibliography list to delete the source she did not use (i.e., Longstreet), to eliminate the source numbers, to put the entries in alphabetical order, to give the list the correct centered title, and to indent the turnovers of entries that ran more than one line.

Works Cited
  • Bebow, John. “Pullman Museum Site Languishes 7 Years after Fire.” Chicago Tribune. 28 Aug. 2005: N. pag. General OneFile. Gale. Lenox Library Association. 12 May 2010.
  • Chicago. London: Dorling, 2001. Print. DK Eyewitness Travel Guides.
  • Historic Pullman Foundation. Historic Pullman Foundation. Web. 13 May 2010. <http://www.pullmanil.org>.
  • Laughlin, Rosemary. The Pullman Strike of 1894. Greensboro, NC: Morgan, 2006. Print. American Workers Ser.
  • Longstree, Stephen. Chicago 1860–1919. New York: mcCay, 1973. Print.
  • Nejaime, Leila. Personal interview. 2 May 2010.
  • Thompson, Edolphus. Walking tour. 9 May 2010.