Ch 23: Types of Writing Sources & Citations

About This Chapter

Use these video lessons and quizzes to learn about documentation and research. You can learn about various ways to cite materials, among other skills.

Documentation and Research - Chapter Summary

Can you differentiate between MLA (Modern Language Association) format and Chicago Citation Style? Do you know when to cite sources to avoid plagiarism? If not, this chapter on documentation and research could be especially valuable to you. Our brief video lessons can teach you how to use reference material in your writing and how to make a works cited page. Other topics covered in this chapter include:

  • How to format APA (American Psychological Association) citations
  • Journal article citations
  • Citations from authored, edited and revised books
  • Citations from magazines
  • How to cite online sources
  • How to make in-text citations
  • How to read citations in texts and bibliographies

Our team of professional educators developed the video lessons in this chapter to be engaging and easy to follow. You can watch these videos in their entirety, or you can utilize our user-friendly video tags to jump directly to the main points.

A transcript is included for each video lesson, which could prove particularly helpful if you learn best by reading, as is a self-assessment quiz. Many of the transcripts include links to other articles, so you can explore key concepts and terms in further detail. The quizzes are brief and are presented in multiple-choice format, similar to many standardized tests. You can take the quizzes to make sure you have a good grasp on the information.

10 Lessons in Chapter 23: Types of Writing Sources & Citations
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Selecting & Refining a Research Topic

1. Selecting & Refining a Research Topic

Ever struggle to choose a topic for a research project? This lesson gives a simple five-step process to not only choosing a topic but refining it to an appropriate focus.

Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

2. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

What is a research question, and why is it important to get it right? This lesson will explore one way to write a research question, which guides a researcher in designing his or her experiment.

Tips for Locating Research Materials

3. Tips for Locating Research Materials

The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

4. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

5. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

6. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

How to Format APA Citations

7. How to Format APA Citations

All college students must not only know how to read and understand writing, they need to know how to write using the APA citation style as well. This video will pull back the covers of APA style writing and give you confidence when using APA.

What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

8. What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

In this video, we cover the basics of the Chicago Manual of Style. This writing format is popular among those in the editing field and may be the preferred style of many professors in technical writing, law, and even some English courses.

What is MLA Format?

9. What is MLA Format?

MLA format is one of the most common structures for organizing a paper in academic writing. In this video, we will cover the basics of MLA format, focusing on citing within the text and creating a Works Cited page.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

10. How to Make a Works Cited Page

You will have to cite your sources properly whenever you borrow words or ideas for a paper. One part of proper citation is the Works Cited page. This lesson shows you how to put one together.

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