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For review, after looking at the OWL at Purdue and other sources for in-text documentation.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Signal word or phrase must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry on the Works Cited page.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that signal words or phrases are used to indicate the source of information in an academic paper. In a Works Cited page, the signal word or phrase should be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry. This helps readers quickly identify the source and locate it in the list of references. Therefore, the statement "Signal word or phrase must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry on the Works Cited page" is true.

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  • 2. 

    Which is a correct in-text citation?Using the following biographical entry, Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., 1967. Print.

    • A.

      Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings." (Wordsworth 263)

    • B.

      Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).

    • C.

      Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).

    • D.

      Both B and C.

    Correct Answer
    D. Both B and C.
    Explanation
    Both B and C are correct in-text citations. In both options, the author's last name, Wordsworth, is included in the citation along with the page number, 263. The only difference is the placement of the citation within the sentence. In option B, the citation is placed after the quote, while in option C, the citation is placed after the statement. Both options follow the proper format for in-text citations by including the author's last name and the page number.

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  • 3. 

    For the following citation, “The Impact of Global Warming in North America.” GLOBAL WARMING: Early Signs. 1999. Web. 23 Mar. 2009.which is a correct in-text citation?

    • A.

      We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has “more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . . ” (“Impact of Global Warming” 6).

    • B.

      According to “Impact", we see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has “more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . . ”

    • C.

      We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has “more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . . ” (www.GLOBALWARMING.com).

    • D.

      Both A and B

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both A and B are correct in-text citations. In option A, the citation is in the form of a parenthetical citation, where the author's last name and page number are enclosed in parentheses after the quoted information. In option B, the citation is in the form of a signal phrase, where the author's last name is mentioned in the sentence and the page number is enclosed in parentheses after the quoted information. Both forms of citation are acceptable and provide the necessary information to identify the source.

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  • 4. 

    For the following citation, which is the correct in-text citation: Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. 50th Anniversary ed. New York: Anchor, 1959. Print.Hint: it is a work of classic literature.

    • A.

      “His love of talk had grown with age and sickness” (Achebe 25).

    • B.

      “His love of talk had grown with age and sickness” (Achebe, 25)

    • C.

      “His love of talk had grown with age and sickness” (Achebe 25; ch. 3).

    • D.

      “His love of talk had grown with age and sickness.” (Achebe p. 25)

    Correct Answer
    C. “His love of talk had grown with age and sickness” (Achebe 25; ch. 3).
  • 5. 

    Which is the correct way to document an indirect source?

    • A.

      Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as "social service centers, and they don't do that well" (Weisman et al. 259).

    • B.

      Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as "social service centers, and they don't do that well" (qtd. in Weisman 259).

    Correct Answer
    B. Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as "social service centers, and they don't do that well" (qtd. in Weisman 259).
    Explanation
    The correct way to document an indirect source is to use the abbreviation "qtd. in" to indicate that the quote is from a source that was cited in another source. In this case, Ravitch's argument is quoted in Weisman's work, so the correct way to document it is "Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as 'social service centers, and they don't do that well' (qtd. in Weisman 259)."

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  • 6. 

    Is this the correct way to create an in-text citation for a source with more than 3 authors?Legal experts counter Smith, Yang, and Moore's argument by noting that the current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (Jones et al. 4).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given answer is true. In-text citations for sources with more than 3 authors follow the format of listing the first author's last name followed by "et al." which means "and others". This is done to simplify the citation and avoid listing all the authors' names. In the given example, the first author listed is Jones, and the citation correctly uses "et al." to indicate that there are additional authors.

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  • 7. 

    Why do we need to use in-text citations?

    • A.

      So the reader can see where you got the information that you are borrowing.

    • B.

      So you don't plagiarize by not giving credit to other people for their ideas or words.

    • C.

      Because your teacher says so.

    • D.

      Both A and B are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B are correct
    Explanation
    In-text citations are necessary in academic writing to provide evidence and support for the ideas and information presented. By including in-text citations, the reader can easily identify the sources from which the information has been borrowed. This not only allows the reader to verify the accuracy of the information but also gives credit to the original authors for their ideas or words. Failure to provide proper citations can result in plagiarism, which is the act of using someone else's work without giving them credit. Therefore, both options A and B are correct explanations for why in-text citations are needed.

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  • 8. 

    Which trail is correct to finding information used in someone's paper?

    • A.

      There is no trail.

    • B.

      In-text citation to the exact source

    • C.

      In-text citation to works cited page to the exact source

    Correct Answer
    C. In-text citation to works cited page to the exact source
    Explanation
    The correct answer is in-text citation to works cited page to the exact source. This means that when writing a paper, the author should include in-text citations that refer to the works cited page, where the exact source of the information can be found. This is a common practice in academic writing to give credit to the original sources and allow readers to easily locate and verify the information used in the paper.

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  • 9. 

    The first time you use an author in a signal phrase you use the author's last name.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You should use the author's first and last name. All the other times, you use only the author's last name.

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  • 10. 

    Quotation marks must go around the exact words that were borrowed from someone else.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is stating that quotation marks must be used around the exact words that were borrowed from someone else. This implies that the statement is true.

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  • 11. 

    When do you use in-text citations?

    • A.

      When you paraphrase someone else's ideas

    • B.

      When you summarize someone else's ideas

    • C.

      When you use the exact words of someone else

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    In-text citations are used when paraphrasing someone else's ideas, summarizing someone else's ideas, and using the exact words of someone else. These citations are important to give credit to the original source and avoid plagiarism. By including in-text citations, the writer acknowledges the contribution of others and provides evidence for their own arguments.

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