Spoiler alert: Plagiarism is bad.
This short and sweet course is the perfect crash course in how to cite sources. Ever wondered what the point of it all is? What the heck MLA and APA stands for? When to use footnotes and when to use in-text citations (*shudder). This course will give you the answers, and put you on the road to academic paper domination. By the end of this course, you'll know:
- that rather than being a torture device, citations just give credit where credit is due. Plus, they convince you're teacher you're not plagiarizing.
- the basic features of each of the main types of citations: MLA, APA, and Chicago.
- what exactly a "hanging indent is." Is it dangerous?
- how to smoothly integrate citations into your paper, whether by footnotes or in-text citations.
- how to cap your paper off with a clean-looking bibliography, works cited page, and even the rare annotated bibliography.
- Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or another word processing program
- All other work can be done via the Shmoop website.
Unit 1. Citing Sources
You'll find all of the basics of citing sources here: why we cite, the nuts and bolts of citations, how to integrate citations into your writing, and the basics of bibliography writing.