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Ch 14: Compass Writing Test: Using Source Materials

About This Chapter

This chapter's video lessons explain the value of selecting and effectively using online sources and reference materials. Your knowledge of the tips and techniques in the lessons could assist you when you take the ACT Compass Writing Essay Test.

Compass Writing Test - Using Source Materials - Chapter Summary

In addition to teaching you to develop bibliographies and works cited pages, the video lessons in this chapter will show you how to use different formatting styles for these pages. Use your knowledge of the terms and information in this chapter to help you pass the ACT Compass Writing Essay Test. This chapter can teach you how to:

  • Evaluate evidence and sources for essays
  • Avoid plagiarism by citing sources
  • Create different types of bibliographies and make bibliographic citations
  • Cite sources from magazines, websites and journal articles as well as authored, edited, and revised books
  • Use reference materials and create in-text citations
  • Differentiate between and use the of APA, MLA and Chicago citation styles
  • Create a works cited page

The above video lessons are taught by capable instructors who will answer your submitted questions on the use of source materials. Use the jump feature in the timelines to re-watch parts of the video if needed, or learn from the corresponding written transcripts. When you've completed every lesson, take the practice chapter examination and see what you've retained. The information you learn could enhance your ability to successfully pass the ACT Compass Writing Essay Test.

Compass Writing Test - Using Source Materials Objectives

The ACT Compass Writing Essay Test is used by colleges to determine which English courses you'll be placed in. You'll need to answer one essay question when you're taking the 30-minute ACT Compass Writing Essay Test. The lessons in this chapter could provide you with the knowledge required to develop a comprehensive response to the essay question. You'll be prompted to choose a point of view on a presented issue. Your ability to explain your point of view, organize ideas and develop a counterargument will be assessed.

14 Lessons in Chapter 14: Compass Writing Test: Using Source Materials
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How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

1. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

Essays and other written documents generally are regarded as more valid if they use reliable sources. Learn about using sources to write essays, including the differences between primary and secondary sources, and explore ways to evaluate evidence and recognize when to cite a source.

What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

2. What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

In an academic setting, authors must typically provide a list of researched sources, a bibliography, with their work. Learn what a bibliography is, what forms they come in, how to write one, and when to writing a bibliography is needed.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

3. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academic and professional writing and, believe it or not, it can happen unintentionally. Discover how to avoid plagiarism, learn some rules of thumb to help remember when to cite sources, and see why taking large pieces of someone else's work can be considered plagiarism even when cited properly.

How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

4. How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

Citations provide important information about how an author gathered and utilized the information from sources in the article or research paper, for example. Learn why it is important to know how to read citations and explore in-text citations and bibliographies.

Journal Article Citations

5. Journal Article Citations

Journals, particularly those that are peer-reviewed, include articles that can provide excellent support and evidence for other written documents. Learn how to cite journal articles in-text, as well as on reference pages. Understand how to develop appropriate citations based on the writing style of your document, such as APA or MLA.

Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

6. Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

The rules for citing sources in an essay differ depending on if it is an authored book, edited book, or revised book. Learn the differences between these types of books and explore how to cite them on the works cited page of an essay using APA and MLA style guidelines.

Citations from Magazines

7. Citations from Magazines

Citations are important when you are doing academic work, so you need to know how to properly cite magazines if that is your type of source. Discover the information you need to make citations from magazines, learn how to cite magazines both in text and on the reference page, and explore the different citation formats in both APA and MLA.

How to Cite Online Sources

8. How to Cite Online Sources

Online sources can be cited using both APA and MLA styles. Learn about ways of choosing the best citation format, how to correctly cite online sources, and review example citations that use APA and MLA formats.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

9. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

Reference materials often are a necessary tool to create effective writing. Learn how to incorporate appropriate reference material into your writing and still make it your own work. Explore the steps for using reference materials, which include consult experts, broaden and then narrow your research, use your newfound knowledge, and make it your own work.

How to Make In-Text Citations

10. How to Make In-Text Citations

Citations are used to tell readers where ideas and information came from. Learn about the two major citation styles developed by APA and MLA, respectively, and explore other citation systems that are available.

What is MLA Format?

11. What is MLA Format?

Writing in certain academic disciplines must follow the style requirements of the format created by the Modern Language Association (MLA). Explore the MLA format for the structure of citations, in-text citations, and the works cited page.

APA Citation: Formats & Examples

12. APA Citation: Formats & Examples

APA format citations and references are often required for college-level writing assignments. Explore the APA formatting style, APA format in-text citations, reference pages in APA format, and citations needed for journal articles and authored books.

What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

13. What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

Many academic papers must follow the style and formatting guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style when citing sources. Explore the rules and intricacies of the Chicago citation style and take a closer look at the use of footnotes and a bibliography.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

14. How to Make a Works Cited Page

Well-written documents avoid plagiarism. Understand plagiarism and how to avoid it by properly citing sources. Learn how to make a works cited page based on MLA style and recognize when and how to use in-text parenthetical citations.

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