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Ch 15: Language & Style

About This Chapter

Watch these lesson videos to review information on composing formal essays and evaluating evidence. Reinforce your knowledge on how to avoid plagiarism when using MLA, APA and Chicago writing styles.

Language & Style - Chapter Summary

This chapter has been assembled to help you master key components of formal writing and avoid plagiarism. Watch as our expert instructors explain how to summarize sources in your writing, properly cite those sources, and then construct a bibliography or works cited page. These lesson videos cover a variety of writing styles including MLA, APA and Chicago. From these videos you should improve your ability to:

  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Properly use sources when writing essays and evaluating evidence
  • Quote, summarize and paraphrase information
  • Write citations in a bibliography or works cited page
  • Make in-text citations
  • Use MLA, APA and Chicago format and citations

To help you master these skills, this chapter also includes quizzes, transcripts and an exam. Use these tools to improve your understanding of the material and find topics you have not mastered. Address topics you don't understand by going to where they were discussed in the videos using video tags, or reading over the lesson transcripts. If there is any topic that you have a question on, be sure to ask our instructors for clarification so that you can master the proper language and style used when writing essays or evaluating evidence.

15 Lessons in Chapter 15: Language & Style
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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 a Bibliography and When Should I Write One?

2. 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.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

3. 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 Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

4. 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.

Journal Article Citations

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

What is MLA Format?

10. 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 Format APA Citations

11. 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?

12. 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.

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.

Sensory Language: Definition & Examples

14. Sensory Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson assists you in identifying and understanding the components of sensory writing found in literature. Learn more about sensory writing and test your understanding with a short quiz.

What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

15. What is Informational Text? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson will help you understand and identify all components of informational text. Learn more about informational text and see examples in this lesson.

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