Ch 8: Using Source Materials

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Watch college composition video lessons and learn everything you need to know about choosing and using sources for your written work. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of how to effectively use source materials.

College Composition: Using Source Materials

What is a bibliography? Is a works cited page the same thing as a bibliography? Is there a right and wrong way to create a bibliography or works cited page? If you are asking these questions, don't feel bad. A lot of students are wondering the same things. Our lessons are here to help you sort everything out and learn what you need to know to easily put together bibliography and works cited pages with minimal hassle. You'll also learn that these pages are very important in preventing plagiarism, which can cause you a lot of trouble.

Our lessons will walk you through the process of creating these pages, including how to read them. Understanding the different parts of a citation or a bibliography entry will make it much easier for you to write your own. It can help to study different types of citations, such as those from journal articles, books and magazines. We have lessons to cover each topic, so you can get an in-depth explanation that will ensure you understand everything completely.

Once you are clear on what bibliography and works cited pages are and you have studied the different parts of each, you are ready to start working on building your own pages. At this point, you can take a look at our lessons on citing sources. We offer lessons that cover how to cite online sources, use reference materials and make in-text citations.

You're likely to run across different types of formatting as you create bibliography and works cited pages. These formats may complicate things if you aren't familiar with them because each format is a little different and the requirements for the things you have to include in bibliographies and citations vary. We have lessons that cover MLA, APA and Chicago styles. Understanding these three formats should help you to be able to create your source pages easily. Thanks for watching!

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: Using Source Materials
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How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

1. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

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.

How to Make In-Text Citations

5. 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.

Journal Article Citations

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 Use Reference Material in Your Writing

10. 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.

What is MLA Format?

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.

How to Format APA Citations

12. 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?

13. 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.

How to Make a Works Cited Page

14. 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.

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