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A guide for students researching gender identity and the media.

Your Assignment

Your Assignment

You are being asked to pick ONE media genre (i.e. music, video games, film, etc.). Through the lens of that one genre, explore the representations of gender and discuss, with support from sources, the influence these representations might have on us.

Step One: Familiarize Yourself With Your Text and Your Issue

Begin your project by doing some background reading on your topic. Preliminary reading helps you:

  • achieve a basic understanding of your issue. 
  • begin to identify interesting specific questions that will form the backbone of your research; and
  • start to acquire vital search terms you need in order to explore your subject more fully. 
Google Web Search

Step Two: Find, Read, and Reflect on Your Sources

Find sources on the topics that you identified in Step 1.

  • Do a comprehensive search utilizing all the sources below; leave no stone unturned
  • Print/save/email the sources you find as you go to avoid backtracking
  • Read your sources several times, highlighting relevant information and making notes as you go.
  • If you find sources that will help others in your team, SHARE THEM.
  • If you have trouble finding the appropriate type or number of sources: MEET WITH A RESEARCH LIBRARIAN

Step Three: Start Writing a Draft

  • Make an appointment with writing center staff at least once. They will help you get started, proceed, and/or finish. This is a free service that you should always utilize to maximize your success.
  • Utilize the MJC Library & Learning Center's FORMAT & CITE page to aid with MLA. A research librarian can provide face-to-face assistance with formatting and citing as well. 

Popular, Substantive, Scholarly Information

Evaluating Sources

Citing Your Sources

Get started by watching this excellent, short video from Hayden Memorial Library of Citrus College, that walks you through creating an MLA citation and corresponding in-text citation.


The Rules:

  • Placement: The Works Cited list appears at the end of the paper, on its own page(s). If your research paper ends on page 8, your Works Cited begins on page 9. 
  • Arrangement: Alphabetize entries by author's last name. If source has no named author, alphabetize by the title, ignoring A, An, or The.
  • Spacing: Like the rest of the MLA paper, the Works Cited list is double-spaced throughout. Be sure NOT to add extra spaces between citations.
  • Indentation: To make citations easier to scan, add a hanging indent to any citation that runs more than one line.
  • Title: The name of your bibliography will be Works Cited.

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Citation Examples and Templates:

Use the links below to see examples of source citations. Beneath the yellow handout, you can use The MLA Style Center's, Works Cited: A Quick Guide to see how to create source citations then use their template to practice citing sources.

If you don't find what you need here, check out the MLA's, Ask the MLA.

Don't forget that when in doubt verify the accuracy of any citation example by using the MLA Handbook.

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Example of Works Cited List:

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