As promised in the first part of this series, this is the second part of my presentation that introduces the differences between the most commonly used citation styles. This one has audio and is about manuscript format. Normally, the presentation is done for students, of course, but these excerpts are for teachers. (I talk fast because I think audio over the internet tends to go on too long, but, for students or for audiences that needed me to talk slower, I would, of course.) This part of the presentation is very brief, discussing only a few of the major differences that students would need to know about before writing the first paper.
One goal is for students to understand which elements of their sources are dictated by the citation style.
The most important goal, however, is to empower students.
Giving students this information along with the IDEA that the rules of citation are not all-inclusive encourages students to take control of their use of sources and their writing. Giving students the information they need to make their own decisions when faced with sources or situations that don’t follow the rules puts them in control.
If you need more information about the principles of citation, the series starts with a PowerPoint on that topic. In the next section, we’ll talk about in-text citation. The entire series and related information are found in the category posts about citation and academic integrity. If you have questions or comments or use any of this information to work with your own students, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it.