Summary Paper on Guides and Tutorials
Until starting this class, I never realized the limited knowledge I had on writing. The four assigned reading pamphlets and tutorials, while not very long, have enlightened me. This eye opening is not large, measured on what is to come, but the overall experience is dramatic so far.
The required readings are CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements pamphlet, Avoiding Plagiarism tutorial, Tour of the Virtual Library video, and How to Search for Articles tutorial. I have learned about APA requirements, plagiarism, and features of the library using these resources and will highlight a couple items learned from each.
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-GC) provides good resources for APA writing requirements with its CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements .pdf guide. The most important is “No more than 20% of a paper, excluding references, may be repurposed from another CSU-Global course, unless otherwise directed.” (CSU-GC, Guide to Writing and APA, n.d., p.2). Following this same rule of 20, “No more than 15-20% of the content should be quoted material” (CSU-GC, Guide to Writing and APA, n.d., p.2). Both of these points promote original thought without the feel of regurgitated information. On the subject of repeating information, plagiarism is a common problem that is easily fixed.
Using CSU-GC’s Avoiding Plagiarism tutorial has brought to light a couple of interesting points. One item hidden in this lesson is common knowledge; while not always common, if it is “information that is considered a well-established fact verifiable in five or more sources” and “common sayings and proverbs” no citation is needed (plagiarismtutorial.php, n.d., pg. 2). The other item is paraphrasing. Paraphrasing without a citation is plagiarizing. However, if cited, in most circumstances, it is acceptable (paraphrasing.php, n.d., pg. 5). Properly citing your sources not only gives the research credibility, but also gives credit where credit is due. A good reason to use citations is when referencing the many articles in the library.