Ch 5: Documenting Sources for Essays

About This Chapter

Review this chapter to discover more about documenting sources for essays. These lessons can supplement the information in your textbooks, providing you with a more in-depth explanation of how source citation works, including information about quoting online sources, avoiding plagiarism, and using a bibliography.

Documenting Sources for Essays - Chapter Summary

Academic writing involves the use of evidence, and that evidence is often found by reading other published works. If you want to include quotes from other sources, you will need to show where you found the information, and this chapter gives you a step-by-step guide for documenting sources used in essays. These lessons provide an overview of the most common source documentation issues, including explanations of style, quotation usage, and citation rules. Since the information has been separated into individual lessons, you can focus on one topic at a time, which is useful if you only need assistance in one area of this chapter. After you have gone through the entire chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Describe how to summarize, paraphrase, or quote your research
  • Compare the styles of APA and MLA formats
  • Identify the proper way to cite journal articles and magazines
  • Define citation rules for revised, edited, and authored books
  • Explain the typical practices for citing online sources with and without authors
  • Point out the ways for reading citations in bibliographies and texts
  • Summarize the rules for parenthetical citations
  • Generalize the uses for a bibliography and an annotated bibliography
  • Show the steps for creating a works cited page
  • Determine when sources need to be cited to avoid plagiarism

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: Documenting Sources for Essays
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Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

1. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

What is MLA Format?

2. 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.

What is APA Format? - Style & Definition

3. What is APA Format? - Style & Definition

This is an introduction to the writing style guide and format produced by the American Psychological Association, known as APA style. These style rules are often used for publications in the social sciences.

Journal Article Citations

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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 Cite an Online Article with No Author

8. How to Cite an Online Article with No Author

What do you do when you cannot find an author for the online article you're trying to cite? Look no further! In this lesson, you'll learn how to cite an online article with no author.

How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

9. 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.

How to Use Parenthetical Citations

10. How to Use Parenthetical Citations

Parenthetical citations are used in two of the most common style guides for academic writing, APA and MLA. Parenthetical citations quickly guide the reader to the source being cited.

What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

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

In this video we are going to cover what a bibliography is, why they are used, various types of bibliographies, how to create a bibliography, and when to know if you should use a bibliography.

Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

12. Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples

Learn what annotated bibliographies are and how they're used in the research process. In this lesson, we'll discuss what it means to annotate and what to include in annotated bibliographies for research essays and projects.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

13. 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.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

14. 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!

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