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Research Basics: an open academic research skills course

Lesson 1: Creating citations

Citing your sources means that you give credit for the ideas and information you’ve used in your paper. It builds credibility and helps readers understand where your ideas come from. In this lesson, you’ll learn what elements make up a citation, where to find the necessary information for a citation, and how to compose your own citations.  

After watching the videos below, you can take the practice quiz for this lesson to test what you've learned. Take the quiz as many times as you need before moving on to the next lesson. You can download the script for the videos to help you study.

Practice Quiz

Watch the introduction to Lesson 1

Watch Part 1: Why cite / citation styles

Watch Part 2: Elements of a citation / collecting citation elements

Watch Part 3: Composing a citation / examples / special sources

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