Writing Madness Consolation Post #8 – Citation!

The third round of our Writing Madness bracket has concluded, which left us with two writing issues that won’t be participating in the next round of voting. The Learning Hub’s writing staff will be presenting them along with specific resources to help you overcome your frustrations with them. This time? Citation!

by Erica

As we’ve finally come to the end of our Writing Madness bracket, we must recognize the fallen. Our writing topics have led a valiant effort to claim the title of “most maddening.” We thank you for your votes and for following us on this journey of frustrations. One of these fallen is Citations, our third place finalist. Citations can be tricky. Beyond just MLA and APA, one of the most challenging parts is knowing when to cite and how to cite. Citations aren’t just another requirement for your paper, but are important ethically as well. When we cite, we give credit for others’ ideas and show that we’re familiar with what has been written about our topic. Here at The Learning Hub, we acknowledge that it can be difficult to know when to cite, what to cite, and how to cite. To help you navigate those questions and prove your ethics and knowledge as a writer, we’ve created a handout to help you avoid plagiarism by citing properly.

For more tips, see the Learning Hub’s handout on writing introductions below, visit the Learning Hub’s website for more handouts on writing skills, make an appointment with a tutor, and keep your eye on this blog!

I hope you found this resource helpful, and remember to check back tomorrow to find out which is the most frustrating writing issue faced by UIS students.

Love at First Cite! – MLA 8th Edition

It’s the handouts we’ve all been waiting for… MLA 8th edition handouts! Yes, handouts. Two handouts.

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Don’t panic. Breathe.

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Ok. So, why two handouts?

For the eighth edition, MLA is moving to a new system that requests the same information across all sources in the form of core elements and optional elements in the works cited page. The first MLA guide is comprehensive and reviews in-text and parenthetical citations along with how to construct the works cited page.  It describes what each element is and how it appears across different sources. Some terms like “Title of Container” may seem scary and unfamiliar, and this guide goes into a little more detail on what the term means, and is really useful to figure out how to learn the whole citation system.

In contrast, the “cheat sheet” focuses on how to cite specific kinds of sources, like print, electronic, and film. In MLA 7th edition, each time a new source type came out (like citing tweets), MLA would have to construct a new way to cite that source. This meant that writers had to look up how to cite each individual source. This is how many students are used to looking up how to cite a particular kind of source, and the cheat sheet is organized by source type, but still explains where there is flexibility and where you can make your own choices.

Unlike the 7th edition, you might find there is more than one way to cite a source correctly. Depending on your writing context and what you’re discussing in your paper, you may cite that source differently than if you were to use that same source in another paper.

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As a writer using MLA 8th edition, you will find that you are able to make more choices about how you want to represent your source in your works cited page. Learn about your options in the handouts or come book an appointment through The Learning Hub to find out more!

MLA 8th Edition (full handout)

MLA 8th Edition (Cheat Sheet)

If you click on the link below, it will take you to our home site, where you can check out other resources to improve your writing skills and prepare you for academic, professional, and civic writing.

UIS The Learning Hub Handouts

Love at First Cite! – Formatting Papers in MLA and APA Style

by Sarah

In these two video tutorials, Sarah, our Writing Coordinator, shows you how to properly format your papers in both MLA and APA style. She is using a PC and Microsoft Word to do this, so if you have a Mac, please note that the functuality may be a bit different.

MLA STYLE

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APA STYLE

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Click on the link below, and it will take you to our homesite, where you can check out other resources to improve your writing skills and prepare you for academic, professional, and civic writing.

UIS The Learning Hub Handouts

Love at First Cite! – Why Do We Cite?

Welcome to February! This month, we’ll be showing you various handouts, tutorials, and other resources to help you understand citation methods for your academic papers. Hopefully you grow to love it!

In this video, Daymon, a Writing TA with The Learning Hub, explains the importance of citing your sources and how it can benefit your writing.

Click on the link below, and it will take you to our homesite, where you can check out other resources to improve your writing skills and prepare you for academic, professional, and civic writing.

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Love at First Cite! – MLA, APA, and Turabian Styles

Welcome to February! This month, we’ll be showing you various handouts, tutorials, and other resources to help you understand citation methods for your academic papers. Hopefully you grow to love it!

This week, we have our handouts on the three most common styles: MLA (7th edition), APA (6th edition), and Turabian (Chicago) (7th edition). MLA is not current, so if your instructors are asking you to use MLA 8th edition, then stay tuned. We’ll be providing some resources very soon about how to navigate the differences in the new updates.

MLA Style (7th edition)

APA Style (6th edition)

Turabian Style (7th edition)

Click on the link below, and it will take you to our homesite, where you can check out other resources to improve your writing skills and prepare you for academic, professional, and civic writing.

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War on Plagiarism

Tools to Defend Your Credibility as a Student and Writer

by Raven

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As the spooky month of scary movie re-runs, haunted house trips, and tons of candy corn slowly approaches its climax (Halloween), consider the true terror lurking in the minds of every stressed-out college student. It feeds off of your insecurities and digs its poisonous tentacles into your brain. It dissolves your creativity and critical thinking and replaces it with acidic thoughts and intentions that can destroy your educational and professional prospects. Beware the enemy of every student and educational professional; beware the tortuous demon, Plagiarism.

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