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Food for Thought

"Given the chance, kids will read the same way adults do: for themselves. Don't think of books for young people as tools; try instead to treat them as invitations into the reading life."¹ 

"The danger is in the "zeal to create competent readers, we are, instead, creating alliterates-people who can read, but don't."²

¹Sutton, Roger and Martha V. Parravano. A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature. Candlewick, 2010, xiv.

²Clark, Ruth Cox. "Readicide-Killing the Love of Reading in Our Schools." School Library Journal, vol. 39, no. 4, March/April 2011, 7.

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Guidelines for Teaching Research & Citation

These guidelines apply whenever students do research, no matter the final project--formal research project/paper, presentation (Google Slides, PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.), poster, pamphlet--and no matter whether the project has a public presentation component.
To Do: Identify types of authoritative sources that students may consult for this specific project
Authoritative sources include:
  • Material accessed through library databases
  • Books, including eBooks (which count as print books)
  • Specific websites or other materials identified/approved by a faculty member
  • Wikipedia may provide background information, but it is not a citable source
  • Consider listing specific resources, websites, and databases directly on your assignment
  • Consider consulting with Vicky about sources; she can identify relevant databases, websites, books, etc. for any project
To Do: Be prepared to assist students and/or engage Vicky's assistance in helping students cite their work
Students are expected to follow a standard approach to citation, such as using MLA format, 8th edition. MLA format includes parenthetical (aka “in-text”) citations throughout a student paper and a works cited (aka bibliography) at the end. 
To produce an accurate bibliography or works cited list, students could use NoodleTools (NoodleTools is also a useful tool for note-taking, outlining, and drafting papers). It is very likely that students will encounter NoodleTools or a similar tool in college. Vicky is happy to help you with NoodleTools or answer any questions.
Other guides to MLA format include:
Citation Help on the WA library website
  • It is important to require citation every time students use outside sources
  • When students produce anything for public presentation, citation must be visible. This is both best practice and essential modeling
Citing Images:
All community members should cite all images. 
Pixaby is a great resource for fair use images of all kinds. Google Image search, when limiting to labeled for reuse is also a good source. See the image below to see how to limit Google:
These standard practices apply to faculty as well as students. Please remember that students look to us to model the highest standards of academic integrity and scholarship. Please be thoughtful about where you are finding information and how you are citing it. Please keep in mind that these guidelines apply to online posts, syllabi and handouts of any kind, as well as community meeting presentations.
If you have ANY questions about your own or your students’ use of sources, please talk with Vicky. Things are changing rapidly, especially when it comes to social networking tools such as tweets or memes.  

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