APA citation Week 8
For APA Citation Guidance • An excellent website to know is the Purdue Online Writing webpage. Otherwise known as OWL. • OWL will break down APA citation for you. • Let’s go there now to check it out: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
For your annotated bibliographies, you will be interested in how to do APA citations for the following: • Books • Periodicals/journals/magazines (online and in print) • Websites • Newspapers • Other (video, music) You can also refer to page 186 in your textbook.
APA Citation Formation • Here is what an APA citation for a book would look like: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher. **It’s always a good idea to list the city and state in the citation! Put the state in the appropriate two letter abbreviation. (IN, MA…) **Remember you might have to do some investigative work on your end to find out where the book was published. You can always use www.worldcat.org and www.amazon.com to help you with this.
Here is what an APA citation for an article would look like: Smyth, A. M., Parker, A. L., & Pease, D. L. (2002). A study of enjoyment of peas. Journal of Abnormal Eating, 8(3), 120-125. You should have all this information on your homework assignments.
Here is what an APA citation would look like for a website: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of document. Retrieved from http://Web address King, S. (2005) On writing. Retrieved from http://www.king.com Refer back to your homework assignments. You have been completing your APA citations as you went along.
Things to keep in mind • We never use full first names only the initials. • Only the FIRST word is capitalized in titles. Exception would be for proper nouns. • You must list the full title of the resource. • If you have six or more authors, you must list them and there is a specific way to do so. Look at OWL.
Writing your Introduction Paragraph and Thesis Statement • For your annotated bibliographies, you will need to write an introduction paragraph and thesis statement. • The purpose of the introduction paragraph is to tell your audience what you will be discussing in your annotated bibliography. Introduce us to your topic. • The thesis statement will be the last sentence in your paragraph. This sentence is the most important one in the paragraph because it will state what your research is really about. It will answer those questions you asked at the beginning of the quarter! • Even though we are not actually writing the paper, you should be able to say what you hope to discover by researching this topic.
Don’t state the obvious • In thesis statements, you should avoid using statements like, “This essay will discuss…” or “I’m going to write about…” • Try to write a thesis statement that captures your reader’s attention without announcing your main topic and stating the obvious. Look at these examples:
APA Citation Handout • At Harrison College, you will need to format all your papers in APA format. • Erin has created a handout to help you understand APA format. • You can always look at the LRC website to find out more information on APA format or look at the Purdue OWL site.
In-class exercise • To practice getting familiar with APA citations, we will go to the class wiki and download the APA activity. • You can work alone or with a partner. • Then we will check our answers as a class.
Annotated bibliography example • Let’s take a look at what your final projects should look like.
For next week’s class • Read Chapter 6 and take notes. • Take the quiz online before next week’s class. • Complete the “Research Assignment #8 which has you putting one book, one article, one website and one “other” resource that you found on your topic into APA format and writing your introductory paragraph. • Have a great weekend!
One minute write-ups Please answer the following questions. • 1. Do you understand APA format? • 2. Do you understand how to write your thesis statement and opening paragraph? • 3. Do you have any suggestions or concerns you would like to share with me?