Tuesday, February 16, 2010

English 240 Blog Assignment Week Three

Blog Assignment: Please discuss your impressions of citations and documentation style. Are you used to APA or MLA format? Which do you foresee using in the future? Why do you think documentation is so vital to research? What part of documentation do you find easy? Difficult? What resources are available to help you? See if you can link to online sources to back up your thoughts.


Last week we worked on citing sources for our research projects. I learned about citing sources while in elementary school as well as junior high and high school. The problem is, it isn't something I've needed to do much in my everyday life. Having the chance to relearn it, if you will, has proved to be useful.

I've always used the MLA format rather than APA, and I don't really foresee my self changing that. MLA was what was commonly taught in school, and it's nice to have a standard format, especially considering how important it is to have well documented sources.

While doing research it is important to have all your sources well documented, it will not only help you remember where specific information was found, but will also allow others to go back and read your research as well. Citing your sources also gives the credit of knowledge to the people actually responsible, and provides the best way to disprove plagiarism.

For the most part, documenting sources really isn't difficult, though I've decided that it would be nice if the layout and information needed was the same regardless of the source. Having to remember the correct layout for magazine articles, websites, books, books with multiple authors, etc., is both confusing and time consuming.

On the internet I have found a website that helps with citation creation for some of the more commonly needed layouts. You can check it out at:

http://www.palomar.edu/dsps/actc/mla/

1 comment:

  1. Sarah:

    Thanks for posting. You are right, it WOULD be nice, and frankly, I'm not sure what the original purpose of having two different styles of citation (actually, there is more than that, but most students won't encounter them, unless they go to grad school).

    However, it never hurts to know something, even if you never have to use it. It's like knowing Spanish in addition to English; even if you never go to Spain or Mexico (or any other Spanish speaking country), it doesn't hurt to know how to ask to use the bathroom.

    Keep up your good work in the class. :)

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