Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of style guides, part of Writing a Research Paper.
- [Narrator] APA, American Psychological Association.…MLA, Modern Language Association.…CMS, Chicago Manual of Style.…Turabian.…Just hearing those abbreviations and words…sends some people into a panic attack.…Are you one of those folks? (laughs)…I certainly am, and I have to confess...…That I still double-check when I'm citing sources.…Am I positive that the Chicago Manual of Style,…which is almost identical to the Turabian style,…uses the month, day and year, in that order?…As a citation format for dates.…
And that American Psychological Association…uses year, month, day, in that order?…And that the Modern Language Association…uses day, month abbreviated, year, in that order?…I'm usually 90% certain I'm correct,…but also tell myself I'd better check, and I do.…Are you also one of those people,…who wonder why three or four similar,…yet different enough to be confusing, styles exist?…(laughs) I'm on your side on that also.…So we agree that memorizing the exact format…for all styles for dozens of research items is impossible.…
- Give examples of descriptive writing.
- Differentiate between descriptive and argumentative papers.
- Identify reliable sources for accurate research.
- Plan your research paper using free writing.
- Develop a thesis statement.
- Create an annotated bibliography using various styles.
- Use transitions to move from one idea to another.
- Create a summary to recap the important points in a paper.
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Examining Types of Research Papers
2. Preparing to Write
3. Writing the Paper
4. Citing Sources
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