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The course consists of three modules:
- Introduction to Documentation
- Basic Citation Principles
- Applying Basic Citation Principles
As I went through the modules, I gained confidence in my ability to cite sources. Beyond the basic "formula" for citation creations, examples were given for: books, periodicals, electronic sources, original records, census records, military records, pension application files, immigration records, vital records, court files, court registers, church records, and manuscript collections.
Each module ends with a quiz. The first two quizzes were fine. However, the final quiz was incredibly frustrating! In fact, instead of feeling confident in my ability to create citations, I didn't want to ever create another citation again!
Thankfully, I'm now taking another online course where I have to cite a lot of sources. I say thankfully because, although it was incredibly stressful at first, it is getting easier with practice! I don't know that I'm getting them all "right" - and there isn't always one "right" way to create a citation - but I'm getting them done! And, as I'm reading through the articles we are given to analyze, I'm studying how those who have been published created their citations.
As with "The Basics," I have mixed feelings about this course. Besides the final quiz, which took me about a week to pass, the course only took me about a week. I don't think it is worth the $45 I spent on it. However, members can buy both of these beginner courses as a bundle for $75. I bought them separately for a total of $90!