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Reference Materials & Proofreading in Writing - Chapter Summary
The lessons and quizzes in this chapter will help you improve your writing and correctly use sources and reference materials. You'll cover the basics of effective research, including how to determine if a source is credible and reliable. You'll also learn how to properly incorporate source materials into your writing using summarizing and paraphrasing. In addition, you'll review strategies for fixing writing mistakes. By the end of the chapter, you'll have covered the following:
- Using reference material
- Evaluating credibility of source material
- Paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing research
- Revising your writing
- Proofreading for grammar and spelling
- Map keys and legends
Get up to speed in less time with our brief video and text lessons taught by experts in their field. Each lesson covers essential topics in less than ten minutes. Follow along using the written transcripts, and test your retention of lesson material with the corresponding assessment quizzes.
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.
2. Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate
Learn how to do research that is credible and accurate by evaluating your sources for how relevant the information is, how verifiable the information is, and how unbiased your source is after listening to this lesson on how to do reliable research!
3. What is Paraphrasing? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what a paraphrase is and how to accurately paraphrase information. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
4. 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.
5. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing
Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.
6. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.
7. What is a Map Key/Legend? - Definition, Symbols & Examples
Learn about maps and map keys/legends. Understand why map keys are essential to understanding maps, and see some examples of the importance of map keys.
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