Chapter 1: Research

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between sources that suit your purpose and those that don’t.
  • Determine if an electronic source is trustworthy.
  • Format a simple MLA or APA style bibliographic entry.
  • Explain the importance of citation as an academic practice.

How do you gather background material on your topic? How can you tell a useful source from one that might lead you astray or provide inaccurate information, especially on the internet, where anyone can publish anything? And once you’ve located a trustworthy source, how do you credit it in your own bibliographical list of sources? Is citation even a big deal anymore, anyhow?


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