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Ch 15: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Using Source Materials

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The objective of this chapter's video lessons is to review and expand your ability to understand and explain the use of source materials when writing. Prepare for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination by viewing the videos and taking the chapter quizzes.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Using Source Materials - Chapter Summary

Revisit topics on source materials that you may have previously studied in order to potentially improve your performance on the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. The video lessons in this chapter include tips for avoiding plagiarism, supplying sufficient evidence for your writing and using various formatting styles when citing sources. Review the lessons so that you can:

  • Understand the steps involved in the use of reference materials
  • Contrast the differences between primary and secondary research
  • Explain the importance of evidence in writing
  • Define intentional and unintentional plagiarism
  • Become adept at finding research materials
  • Develop paraphrasing skills and learn the effective use of quotation marks
  • Use journal article citations and cite online sources
  • Understand the rules for citing edited, revised and authored books
  • Create in-text citations and a cited-works page
  • Utilize MLA, APA and the Chicago citation style formats

Watch the videos on the above topics so that you're ready to answer corresponding questions on the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. The animated lessons are good for visual learners, but they are also accompanied by written transcripts in case you want to verify information. You may submit your questions on source materials to the experienced instructors. After each lesson, take the short multiple-choice quiz that evaluates your progress.

WEST Middle Level Humanities - Using Source Materials Objectives

The computer-based WEST Middle Level Humanities examination includes two subtests, each with 55 multiple-choice questions. Subtest 1, Language Arts and Reading includes a Writing Process and Applications domain that makes up 33% of the questions on this subtest. This section is where you could see questions related to locating and using source materials.

14 Lessons in Chapter 15: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Using Source Materials
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How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

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.

Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

2. Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research

An individual's ability to support messages with primary and secondary research for business communication is a much needed skill. There are some key differences between primary and secondary research and how the information can be acquired, utilized, and help create an effective message.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

3. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

4. 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!

Tips for Locating Research Materials

5. 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.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

6. 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.

Journal Article Citations

7. 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

8. 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.

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 Make In-Text Citations

10. 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?

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 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

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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