Why Citations Are Important

With all the absurd news that's out there online, along with urban legends and country myths, getting citations right for our research is more important than ever before. Why do I care so much that you have your citations perfect? So that when other people read your work, they can find the studies/articles you have cited. Yes, for this class you are only practicing writing in different disciplines, but for other classes, you'll find your professors are really, really serious about citations. And some of you want to go to grad school So learning this now will save you time and heartache in the future. When you choose credible sources and cite them, your readers can find even more information by going to those full articles you have lead them to–helping them to find what's real and what's not. But even more importantly, I want YOU to learn how to debunk what is not real and then to promote what is real. You've got to learn to go to real sources–to interview real people with knowledge–to find YouTube videos, to find academic articles, to find studies, to find the truth . . . So what does practicing getting these citations right mean? You start by first summarizing the content of your source appropriately, and then you make sure the bibliographic information is absolutely accurate. Here's what each of your article citations should look like: Rekdal, O. (2014). Academic Citation Practice: A Sinking Sheep? Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 14(4), 567-585.http://onesearch.cuny.edu/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=TN_museS1530713114400059&context=PC&vid=jj&search_scope=everything&tab=default_tab&lang=en_US And now, to the assignment: I want you to find the article above in the John Jay library database. Remember that even though this link is a permalink, it might be broken when you try to open it. That's why we need both the real reference and the IRL for EVERY source we cite. Then, once you find the article, comment on the first part :"Why Sheep Can't Swim." Believe it or not, this is an anthropologist writing a formal paper. He tells a story. He uses I–first person narrative–to get his point across. Is this effective to capture your interest? What point is the anthropologist trying to make? And then also on the second part, "When References go Missing." Tell, in your own words, why the author says correct citations are so important. THEN, if you'd like to get extra credit, read and comment on the rest. And you'll get a couple bonus points here . . .

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