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GACE English: Researching & Citing Sources - Chapter Summary
Let our instructors guide you through the mechanics of researching and citing sources. Lessons in this chapter can help you prepare for the GACE English exam by covering the important aspects of selecting credible media and digital sources, connecting main ideas to related sources, evaluating and selecting secondary sources and more. When you complete this chapter you will be able to:
- Make a works cited page
- Avoid plagiarism by citing sources
- Define a bibliography and know when to use one
- Write research questions and locate research materials
- Evaluate sources for reliability, credibility and worth
- Use reference materials in your writing
- Use APA, MLA and Chicago style citations
- Select and refine a research topic
Our lessons offer several approaches to help you study these research and citation methods. Watch video lessons taught by experienced instructors who use a conversational tone and fun visuals to make studying a breeze. Quizzes and lesson transcripts also provide easy ways to review the material presented in each video.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Gathering Information From Media & Digital Sources
Learn how to find appropriate sources online and where to start looking. Learn how to evaluate the usefulness and reliability of the source materials you find online.
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!
5. Evaluating & Selecting Secondary Sources
In this lesson we explore the differences between primary and secondary sources and the important questions to ask yourself when evaluating a secondary source.
6. 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.
7. Connecting Main Ideas to Related Sources & Topics
Writing a paper can be a daunting task: you must pick a main idea, then figure out which topics, details, and evidence you will use to make that main idea clear to your readers. Sound difficult? Fear not, this lesson will show you exactly how to get this done.
8. 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!
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
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