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Ch 20: GACE English: Researching & Citing Sources

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Brush up on your knowledge of researching and citing sources. Use our video lessons to prepare to answer these types of questions on the GACE English test.

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.

14 Lessons in Chapter 20: GACE English: Researching & Citing Sources
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Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

1. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

Research questions are questions you ask at the beginning of writing a research paper. Explore how the purpose of a well-crafted research question is to aid the writer and discover what differentiates research questions from general questions by examining some examples.

Tips for Locating Research Materials

2. Tips for Locating Research Materials

Identifying practical research materials, anything that supports or explains an argument, is highly useful in creating an excellent research paper. See five tips in methods of locating ideal research materials tangibly, and through the internet.

Gathering Information From Media & Digital Sources

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.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

4. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

When writing a research paper, preparing a speech, or doing another project that relies on information from outside sources, it is necessary to ensure the information is valid. Explore the process of evaluating sources for reliability, credibility, and worth. Understand the role of purpose in the process, and review the steps to the CRAAP test, which can be a useful tool to ensure a source is valid.

Evaluating & Selecting Secondary Sources

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.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

6. 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.

Connecting Main Ideas to Related Sources & Topics

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.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

8. 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.

APA Citation: Formats & Examples

9. 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?

10. 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.

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.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

12. 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.

What Is a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

13. 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.

Selecting & Refining a Research Topic

14. Selecting & Refining a Research Topic

Selecting the right research topic for an assignment, thesis, or task will determine the success of its outcome. Learn more about selecting and refining research topics through five methodical steps.

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