THUMP. THUMP. THUMP.
That is the sound of me banging my head on my desk.
I have spent the past two hours grading papers for my online Sociology class. It has been PAINFUL to see how many of these students are missing a key piece - properly using citations.
How is it that people can get all the way through high school and never have to learn this stuff?? MANY have said "well, I never had to do that before so I wasn't sure what you wanted." I understand and accept that. So the very first week of class I go over this again and again. I give them a specific assignment with very explicit directions and examples to show them what a citation is and explain when and why to use it. I give them all sorts of resources to refer back to. Still, here we are in the 5th week of class and they just aren't getting it. SIGH.
For anyone out there who is not clear on how to use a citation - I offer up the following resources:
"You Quote It, You Note It" - Vaughn Memorial Library
Research & Documentation Online by Diana Hackerman
The Owl at Purdue
Now I have to go back and figure out how I will respond to my student who wrote in her comments "I did not use a citation because I was quoting myself." or the one who said "Nothing I wrote was related to the chapters in our book."
Thump. Thump. Thump.