Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips for citations, part of Teaching with Lynda.com.
- [Voiceover] In the classroom I've found that students often want to cite lynda.com courses as a resource or source in their papers. I highly encourage this. Lynda.com courses are authored by industry experts and so they're great people to cite and there's great information that they can be adding into their research as well as their papers. In order to cite a lynda.com source you can get all the information you need from the course page. For example, here I'm on a course page, and at the top of the page I can get the URL that I'm gonna need for the citation and if I scroll down to the overview tab I can get the rest of the information I need, such as when this course was released and the names of the authors.
If you have a lynda.com campus-wide subscription your library department may have actually imported all this information in and you might be able to search for it inside of your library database. For example, in the second tab that I have open, here I've navigated to the King County Library System and they use a very similar tool that a lot of universities use. It's something called Mark and it pulls all the information from lynda.com into the system so that students can search for it when they're looking for other resources in the library. If your campus or university uses Mark this is a great way to quickly find all the information you need for a citation on any given course.
I also encourage students to use an online citation generator to make sure the citations are properly formatted. In the third tab that I've opened, this is citationmachine.net, and it's a free citation generator. It's pretty simple. At the top of the screen students choose whether they're making an APA, MLA, or Chicago citation. They choose what their resource is, such as a book, magazine, or even a website, and then they simply fill out the information, such as the article title, or in this case, the course title, who the authors are, the URL, when it was published, accessed, and if there's any annotations.
When they click Create Citation it's gonna create a perfectly formatted citation with the right capitalization and all the right formatting. Not only will it create an end of paper citation for the bibliography or reference section, it'll also create an in-line citation that students can use to put inside their writing. If you're encouraging students to access lynda.com I highly recommend that you take the time to teach them how to create great citations from lynda.com material.
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