Part II - Attribution: Credit Where It's Due

Why do scholars take the time to create exhaustive lists of the sources of their information and ideas? Why are bibliographies and works cited pages critical to the scholarly conversation?

When participating in academic discourse, you “converse” with other scholars by analyzing, synthesizing, critiquing, and discussing their work. For the conversation to function, their thoughts must be attributed and cited in your own work.

English class, Scripps College. Courtesy of Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

In This Module, You Will:

  • Understand how proper citations are a crucial part of the scholarly conversation
  • Realize that it’s possible to cite just about anything
  • Trace a citation back to its original source
  • Become familiar with citation management software