2015 02 25 Comm 170 Yamaguchi2 Prst

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COMM 170
25 FEBRUARY 2015
Marc Yamaguchi, Professor; Liz Dobson, Librarian

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Format
a cover page (student report) in APA style

Sample citations in APA style
A reprinted segment in a book
In-text citation example:

(Bissoondath, 2014, p. 35)
Reference:

Bissoondath, N. [2014]. I’m not racist, but…In F. Gavin, Donville, E. & Vavrusa, D. (Comps.), Effective reading and
writing for COMM 170 and beyond. (3rd custom ed. for
Centennial College, pp. 34-36). Boston, MA: Pearson
Learning Solutions. (Originally published by Neil Bissoon-

dath @1989.)

Your work normally includes 3 types of material…

1. Your ideas
2. Your summaries of
others’ ideas and
facts

3. Quotations from
your sources
(MLA Handbook, 2009)

Why acknowledge your sources?
1. Avoid plagiarism and its penalties.
2. Add weight to your statements by citing
authorities that support you views.

3. Enable your readers to pursue the topic
further, &/or evaluate your use of others’
work.

APA Style
Rules & guidelines on how to cite your sources

American Psychological
Association

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Example of quotation fewer than 40 words
(See rule in APA Manual, p. 171)

Interpreting these results, the author suggested that “the

information gathered in this study cannot predict an outcome with certainty” (Roberts, 2003, p. 540), thus lending real doubt regarding the future.

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Example of quotation 40 or more words
(See rule in APA Manual, p. 171)

Others have contradicted this view:
Co-presence does not ensure intimate interaction among all group members. Consider large –scale social gatherings in which hundreds or thousands of people gather in a location to perform a ritual or celebrate an event. In these instance, participants are able to see the visible manifestation of the group, the physical gathering, yet their ability to make direct, intimate connections with those around them is limited by the sheer magnitude of the

assembly. (Purcell, 1997, pp. 111-112)

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A simple References list (APA)
…listed alphabetically at the end of your paper…
Each reference you cite in-text must appear in the References list, and each entry in the References list must be cited in-text. (APA Manual, p. 174)

Your Take Home Essay 2 Assignment…
• Choose a topic (A, B or C)
• State a thesis (“argument”)
• Find at least 3 publications that relate to your
thesis.
(Make adjustments to your thesis, if needed, based on what you have learned in your research.)

• Write an essay (700 to 1,000 words in APA
style) that discusses various viewpoints
(including your own)

A sample thesis
How is racism expressed in
Canada today?
(Hmmmm …Canadians
tend to think of
themselves as a
tolerant , officially
multicultural society!
True?)



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