We are responsible for our words. We are also responsible for giving credit to the words of others. With the vast expanse of the internet at our fingertips, citing sources is more important than ever.
During their school years, my children suffered at home with a librarian mom always asking ‘did you quote your source?’ At work, I’m a librarian who gives presentations to people of all ages, and I continue to stress (and not lightly) the necessary step of identifying and citing information that is being passed on.
Sno-Isle’s page called Citing & Evaluating Resources is a must to share anytime there is a chance to work with students or adults. Not only does it offer links to helpful resources, it is a perfect step into the conversation of fairness and respect for original thought and research. I emphasize to my customers that both the author of the words being used – and the reader of those words – deserve that kind of clarity.
Here is the coffee cup gifted to me by my supervisor for a work anniversary. Apparently, I’ve mentioned this ‘quoting your source’ thing before…