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Information Literacy Habits of Mind (HOMs) Toolkit: Attribution

CCL HOM: Attribution

Convey a preliminary understanding of when, how, and why to give attribution for sources used in academic work by citing sources consistently and completely.

Attribution Is...

  • Providing clear documentation of source materials
  • Perceiving and engaging in a scholarly conversation
  • Understanding copyright regulations, fair use, and when to seek permissions

SYR Make Citations Module

First Year Worksheet

HOM Covered: Arguably all five.

This worksheet can be the basis of a one-shot lesson plan.

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Selected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will differentiate between the types of sources cited and understands the elements and correct syntax of a citation for a wide range of resources.
  • Students will select an appropriate documentation style and use it to consistently cite sources.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plaigarism and do not represent work attributable to others as their own.

To what type of work does this citation refer?

HOM covered: Attribution

Instructions to librarian: This box can be copied into a course LibGuide. Imagining this box would be copied onto a "citing sources" page as a way to incorporate active learning. Use this exercise to help students identify parts of a citation. Choose a citation style/type that fits the context of the course. After using this poll show students links to citation resources/citation management tools to use to determine how to cite different source types. Consider also asking how students would find this source and connect to bibliography mining.

To what type of work does this citation refer?:

Diala, I. (2005). Nadine Gordimer:The Mandela Myth and Black Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa. English In Africa, 32(2), 135-154.

To what type of work does this citation refer?
Magazine article: 0 votes (0%)
Book: 1 votes (33.33%)
Newspaper article: 0 votes (0%)
Journal article: 2 votes (66.67%)
Total Votes: 3

What's missing from this citation?

HOM covered: Attribution

Instructions to librarian: This box can be copied directly into a course LibGuide. Choose a citation style/type that fits the context of the course. If students are completing Start Your Research tutorial and quiz they will have encountered questions like this, so keep that in mind when selecting citation(s).

What's missing from this citation?

Perry, Alex. "Oscar Pistorius And South Africa's Culture Of Violence." 11 Mar. 2013: 30. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 July 2013.

 

What's missing from this citation?
Journal Name: 3 votes (60%)
Magazine Name: 2 votes (40%)
Publication location: 0 votes (0%)
Publisher: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 5

To Cite or Not?

HOM covered: Attribution

Instructions to Librarian: This worksheet introduces students to in-text citations, and when they are necessary. The text is taken from a Scholarship@Claremont thesis, and can be substituted out for another that is more closely related to the class, if you wish.

There are two ways you might use this. One, assign the worksheet before class, then provide students with the answer key. Then discuss in class why certain sentences require a citations while others do not.

Two, give the students a few minutes in class to complete the worksheet, then move directly to discussion. This might be a Think-Pair-Share exercise, or you can dive right into a full class discussion.

Do you need a citation manager?

This tongue-in-cheek citation manager flowchart can be used prior to introducing students to the need for a citation manager. However, the flowchart also highlights the many ways in which a citation manager helps manage research and also gives guidance on selecting the right citation manager for you.