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If the words: "Works Cited" or "Reference List" strike fear into your heart, please try to relax. Writing a Reference List or Bibliography (APA does not call it a "Works Cited.") for your research paper, project, or PowerPoint is a relatively straightforward task if you follow the guidelines below:
DON'T worry about writing your Works Cited/Reference List until you have the rough draft of your paper or other project completed. A list of sources without a project serves no purpose, so concentrate on content and writing FIRST.
DO make sure you have all the information you need. That means either writing down the following information you need for a citation or printing off the references that you find in the GALILEO databases and GIL-Find or on the web.
Here is a table that shows the information you will need for a Works Cited/Reference List/Bibliography:
|Reference List/Bibliography Information|
|Place of Publication|
|Chapters, Articles, or Essays in Books||Author of the Chapter, Article, or Essay|
|Title of the Chapter, Article, or Essay|
|Name of the Book's Editor or Compiler|
|Title of the Book|
|Volume (if a multivolume set.)|
|Place of Publication|
|In addition, any references from GALILEO need the following...|
|ALL ARTICLES found on GALILEO/library databases||Retrieved Date of Last Access|
|Name of database|
|DOI (a relatively short, numeric URL), persistent URL (for Project Muse or JSTOR), or permalink (a long URL for when all else fails)|
Due to the consolidation, library databases offers a gateway to academic journal, publisher sites that are NOT part of GALILEO. You will often find your way to these via the Find It button. Articles from these journals are scholarly and high quality, but they count as web resources for works citeds or reference lists. To learn more about these resources visit
Although MLA is the default style at Perimeter College at Georgia State University, science faculty at other institutions and the occasional science professor at Perimeter College may ask you to prepare your works cited, reference list, or bibliography using a different style.
APA (American Psychological Assocation) style is common in the social sciences, nursing, and allied health. To learn about APA style for itmes found on GALILEO, try APA Style for Sources from GALILEO Databases. For web pages of all types try, APA Style for Sources from the Web. For APA style for print materials try APA Style for Print Sources .
CSE/CBE (Council of Science Editors/Council of Biology Editors) style is the choice for papers in many science disciplines.
To learn more about citing resources in CBE/CSE style, try CSE/CBE Style from the University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center and Writing Guides CSE -- Council of Science Editors from Colorado State University.
Note: both of these CBE/CSE style handouts are several years old. Also many institutions use local interpretations of standard styles. Please check with your professor or library for newer guides to this style.
ACS (American Chemical Society) is a style for chemistry papers. To learn more about how to cite resources in ACS style, try ACS -- American Chemical Society from Williams College.