Ch 20: 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.

12 Lessons in Chapter 20: Types of Writing Sources & Citations
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How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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?

4. What Is the Chicago Citation Style?

In this video, we cover the basics of the Chicago Manual of Style. This writing format is popular amongst 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?

5. 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

6. 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.

Journal Article Citations

7. Journal Article Citations

One of the most common citations used in academic writing is that of journal articles. In this video, we will learn all about putting journal article citations into our text and works cited pages. The citations in this video are in APA style; before you sit down to make a works cited page, make sure to check what style your discipline requires.

Citations from Authored Books, Edited Books and Revised Books

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

Depending on the type of book we're using, there are a few rules we have to follow when citing it in our reference page. In this video, we're going to cover authored books, edited books, and revised books. However, there are many different types of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago, and some differ in their exact formatting rules. These citations are in APA style - make sure you check to find out what style you should be using before you complete your reference page.

Citations from Magazines

9. Citations from Magazines

This video covers citing magazines both in text and in the reference page. The lesson addresses citation formats in both APA and MLA. It's important to note the differences, since both expect specific citation styles.

How to Cite Online Sources

10. How to Cite Online Sources

A large majority of research today is done online, so you'll need to cite web pages for your papers. In this video we will learn the proper way of citing online sources in both APA and MLA styles.

How to Make In-Text Citations

11. How to Make In-Text Citations

With this lesson, you'll get to know the basics of creating in-text citations. We'll go over both MLA and APA style parenthetical citations and how to use them to cite different types of sources.

How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

12. How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

This video will enable you to crack the code behind reading in-text citations and bibliographies. We'll see what citations look like and the important information they contain.

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