Sunday, November 2, 2014

What's an In-Text Citation?

You would think it would be crazy hard for new academic writers to write a college-level academic paper, but NO! What's really hard for new academic writers is to format that paper correctly, especially when it comes to IN-TEXT CITATIONS (YES! that is ALL CAPS and BOLD). Why? I don't know...it seems pretty straightforward to me, but then I've been writing and grading academic papers for a long time...

So here's the basics: If you borrow someone's idea, you have to give him or her credit--it's their idea. They did a lot of work to come up with something original, so give credit where credit is due. A person's ideas can be expressed verbally or in writing. A writer can use those ideas by paraphrasing, summarizing or quoting directly. Any way you borrow from someone, you must cite those ideas with an in-text citation within your text (we're not talking about Works Cited pages for now).

So, wanna practice? Do it anyway. Here's a link to MLA In-text and Works Cited Quiz (20 questions).

So how did you do? What did you learn? Do you disagree with any of the answers?

25 comments:

  1. On this quiz I got a 13/20. What I learned is that when in doubt, cite it out. I disagree with the punishment given to a student for citing incorrectly for question 19. Failure of a class is understandable, but expulsion from an institution is pretty far. Other than that everything presented within the quiz can be agreed with.

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  2. so I scored a 13/20 on the quiz. To be honest this quiz was actually harder and I expected since I really didn't know what 2 or 3 question meant.For example question 4, it asked me if the two samples showed how to include the author's name with quoted/paraphrased source material. How was i suppose to know that it was 3 correct answers such as attribution, line of attribution, and attributive text. But other than that the quiz was a great brain buster for me.

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  3. I did okay I could have did better if I knew some of the information that was provided I learned when an author is included in a citation with a quote or paraphrase source is known as a "attribution, line of attribution, or attributive text" I thought this was known as an in text citation. Taking this quiz was beneficial to see how much I know and what can be used in the future to avoid citing errors. I agreed with the answers some I didn't until I realized I was wrong at some point.

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  4. I just took the quiz and I completely failed it I got an 8 out of 20. I learned that I'm not so good at citing sources and honestly I was never really taught in previous classes how to cite sources in different occasions. Also many of my previous teachers and professors did not pay a lot of attention to plagiarism. They were very lenient with any mistakes on essays in general. With that being said I have a lot to learn so I don't get marked down, or in any trouble for plagiarism. I did learn some things from taking the quiz for example how to cite if there are three or more authors, also how to cite internet sources. I still need to figure out when to cite, for example If i say things in my own words and it sounds like what another persons idea is I have to put an in text citation. That is a little tricky to me because I'm not sure when I have to or when i don't have to put the citation.However now I will put an in text citation whenever I feel like It sounds like the authors idea. I recommend this quiz to any students who know little about citations because it really does help with learning how and when to include in text citations.

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  5. As I finished the MLA In-text and Works Cited quiz, I resulted in a 16/20. While this is still an 80% and considered passing, I figured that since I’m writing college-level academic papers, I should really be acing it and getting an 100% result. I certainly did learn a lot though. A few examples of what I did learn was how to correctly cite photographs, charts, and graphs, how to use ellipses in quotes to indicate a deleted word or words, and even how to add a word or words in a quotation with brackets. I don’t necessarily disagree with any of the answers, but one part did confuse me. For one question, we had to pick real-life, legitimate examples of plagiarists and their consequences. One of the answers was a story about Janet Cooke fabricating parts of her story for the Washington Post. I was confused on whether this was really considered plagiarism or just straight up fraudulency, but as I searched up on google about the story of Janet Cooke, it turns out she did makeup citations too. Overall, I did learn a lot with the MLA In-text and Works Cited quiz.

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  6. After taking the quiz on in text citation I feel I have learned a few things on quoting and on my work cited skills. I especially brushed up on my knowledge on citing web addresses in essays or on your work cited page. Some of the questions were worded weirdly and confused me, but once the correct answer showed, I was able to decipher what the question was truly asking me. There were a few questions I did not agree with, like only one space between a period and a new sentence or the ending of a sentence. Ever sense I have learned to write teachers have told me to double space. My results sadly were poor, I did not think that I would score that low and it makes me feel that I should look into citing and making work cited pages more.

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  7. This quiz can be extremely useful for those who have a problem with deciding what parts of their papers need to be cited. I happen to do okay on the quiz, but not my best. This test allowed me to see what I need to work on when it comes to citing information in my essays. To begin with the quiz allowed me to gain information on the proper way to do incite citation from the same author but two different sources. For example if the author wrote two different articles and you interpret both of them in your essays you should put short tittles of the articles in quotation marks along with the page number you found the information on. This allows you to cite articles by the same author. This was interesting knowledge that I gained from taking the quiz. But the main goal of the quiz is whenever you are in doubt, just cite the information. It is better to be safe than sorry. - chaiquis

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  8. I did not do too well when I did the test the first time because to be honest, I rushed through all of it. However, after I read the answers and the questions more thoroughly, I did a lot better. However, I decided so that way I can remember all of this to copy and paste to my email so I can have a little help in the future when writing my essays.

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  9. For this quiz I score 12 out of 20. What I learned that always cite your sources from any website, books, interview, etc, that you obtain that was not yours. I know its common sense to do it. Like to what I disagree was question 19 about the real-life plagiarism and consequences. I think it was really ridiculous on how the student was expelled From University of Virginia because she forgot to cite her page. Overall, with this quiz I thought it was hard; some of the questions I completely blanked out and or overthink it. But this quiz I can agree with some of it.

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  10. I did not do too well when I did the test the first time because to be honest, I rushed through all of it. However, after I read the answers and the questions more thoroughly, I did a lot better. However, I decided so that way I can remember all of this to copy and paste to my email so I can have a little help in the future when writing my essays.

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  11. I got 13 out of 20, which isn’t too good, but since I got those questions wrong I will remember them next time. Most of the answers were found in Practical Argument, this book is one of the more convenient books I’ve been required to get in college. I have always understood the idea that even if you have the slightest hesitation in your mind that information you used in your essay is not 100% yours, then you should cite it. However, I identified what needs to be cited but now how do I cite it. There are a lot of rules to MLA citation and it can be hard to remember them all, but I feel that as long as you can identify what should be cited and what should not then you can easily search the proper citations online or look it up in Practical Argument. Prior to this quiz I did not know how to deal with punctuation marks, other than periods, in quoted text so I just avoided choosing quotes with them. I found the option B in question 19 about the Ohio student pretty extreme then again some professors are less forgiving than others.

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  12. I got a 12 out of 20 for this quiz. It was harder than I expected it to be. I did not know what the answer to the question about attribution or line of attribution. I thought that it was either in text citation or signal verbs. I learned that changing some of the words in a sentence does not mean it is not plagiarism. When you paraphrase, you have to rewrite it in a way that is not too close to the original but in your own words or thoughts. Also, for question 19, I thought that making up parts of a story was not considered plagiarism because it is your own thoughts and ideas. However, it turned out to be plagiarism which was surprising. Overall, I learned a lot from this quiz and would keep in mind about the new rules I learned today of MLA in text citation.

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  13. I got 14 out of 20, and something new that I learned was, we could omit the quotation marks when incorporating long quotes into the essay and change it into single-spacing.

    There were several questions that I disagree with the answers, in particular the question about the Works Cited page. For the question "Check all of the following that are TRUE regarding the Works Cited page", I got it wrong as I did not check the option "Include the web address at the end of each entry obtained off the Internet" but from what I remembered I read in the OWL Lab about MLA citations, it is optional to include the url of the website. So technically I should still be considered right.

    Another answer that I disagree would be the question on formatting the essay. I thought that we could center the title and bold/italic, underline it and even include quotation marks but it is not allowed. Instead, my answer, "leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks" which I thought was wrong, turned out to be true.

    There is also another question where they gave 2 examples of different sentences with a page number inside the parenthesis and asked what it is. I filled in the blanks with the answer "in-text citation" and I got it wrong. I did not understood nor come across the correct answers given before: attribution, line of attribution, attributive text.

    Looking at my result, I only have an adequate knowledge on MLA citations but I thought I was pretty well informed. Its time I brush up on it.

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  14. I feel confuse lots of with MLA citation because of many rules in its. It causes me not comfortable when writing an essay and thinking about how to cite this source. I just got 11/20 on the quiz , is was not good. This is my second English course in CSUEB, and before that I was not care about citation or works cited. I just looked at any essay of my friend or on the internet to know how to cite in my essay,then did it the same without caring how or studying about it. Actually after that I forgot everything how to cite a MLA or APA paper.
    Now in this course I am learning a lot in citations, I thing I is very important in an essay and I do not want to get an F.
    I know the feeling of someone steals your ideas without permission, so respect the personal idea, and they will respect you. I need to practice more and more.

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  15. In the first essay I did for this class, my number one challenge was knowing whether or not to use an in-text citation. Sometimes it is obvious, but other times I contemplate on it because a lot of the information that article or reading give a student is common knowledge. Students constantly read for classes and when it comes down to writing an essay, we forgot to cite it because we think it is something that is common or we already knew that information for before. For example, when I wrote an essay on an article about college, I thought it was common knowledge that other options were available after high school, besides college. The author of the essay listed options for students that did not want to go to college and I already heard about all of them. I got marked down for now citing it. Now, I get it but I think that is why a lot of students struggle with in-text citation. I could be wrong but that is my opinion.

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  16. I actually did really bad on the test. I got a 10/20 which I'm kind of surprised by because my in-cite texts are always correct. I had a problem with the works cited page question. Since I use easybib.com it makes us site the URL in the works cited page but on the question it said that sometimes the URL is not needed. After taking this test I learned that I need to practice a lot. The more practice I get the better I will stay away from plagiarizing on an essay.

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  17. I got an 11/20 in this test, meaning that I failed. I figured I was going to fail because some of the questions were confusing and the answers choices were as well. Because of that, I wasn't paying attention to the questions and the answers I was choosing, but I always have trouble with in-text citations. I realized that writing essays is difficult for me because I don't know how to put my ideas together where it can flow and make sense for the reader to understand. In-text citations are tricky sometimes because of the paraphrasing and direct quoting of some of the information. Sometimes it's difficult to know whether or not the information I use in my essay would be considered common knowledge or not. Eventually I will get good at in-text citations.

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  18. I've done MLA my entire school career. After taking this online exam, I earned 13/20 and failed. As well as earning a C on the in class MLA exam. I guess I don't know as much about writing in MLA format as I thought, or at least in text citing correctly. Using works cited has always been difficult for me to use. I understand the importance of citing an author in text, because they are not my original ideas, however when it comes to the actual works cited page I have always struggled. There are so many rules to follow, that when it comes down to using it I jumble them together and never end up doing it correctly. I know I'm going to have to get better at it, but as of now it is a work in progress.

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  19. I got a 13/20. This quiz was very helpful because I learned more about in-text citations, such as how to format block quotes. I learned how to recognize plagiarism and that will help me with my own papers so I know to avoid plagiarism and cite quotations or paraphrase correctly.

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  20. I got 14/20 after almost 9 years being exposed to MLA format style writing, and i still couldnt get 20/20. This helped a lot to figure out some stuff that i didnt know but still it doesnt summarize everything that you have to know about MLA. Plagiarism is the main aggressor of students nowadays because so much information is being available and you would like to use it any time you w ant in your paper but you cant because of MLA style which is really good thing, it gives you more space for critical and analytically thinking. and on the end ability ti write a better essay.

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  21. I didn't do so well. I am somewhat familiar with citing sources and I feel like this test had a few trick questions which threw me off.However, I did learn a few things from taking the test. I also found out that there are a lot of guidelines for citations for MLA format. All in all I feel comfortable with where im at with citing works in my essays because of the experiences ive had with citing in previous years

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  22. I have a 13 out of 20, which was more than I expected to get. Some of the questions aren't tricky at all. They were very straight-forward and as an English student, I know I should have done better. I will definitely be paying more attention to citation when I am writing my essay.

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  23. i got less than half correct. which is really horrible. i knew that i am not pretty knowledgeable about in text citations. i at least thought i knew a bit more than this quiz proved i didn't know. i have been writing papers for years, though this quarter is when it really stuck to me that the way to correctly cite an author for their work is not just by mentioning the name and source at the end in a work cited.

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  25. I got 12/20 on the quiz and it made me realize how much I didn't know about citations. I honestly usually use citation generator websites like easybib because I know that has a less likely chance of citing it wrong than I do. I did feel confident in my answers, but it just made me realize how much I didn't know. After taking this test, I learned a lot about the rules for citations and I will definitely pay more attention to the structure of them.

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