Citations! Citations!

Last April 14 during the Spring Semester, members of the Library faculty, in collaboration with members of the English department’s Writing Program (Professor Kelly Bradbury, Deputy Director), ran a hands-on Writing and Citation Workshop for the faculty teaching the college writing courses, specifically English 111 and 151.

The workshop’s main goal was to highlight the library resources and services that necessarily come into play in the research and writing process when properly attributing sources.

Professor Rebecca Adler Schiff began the workshop by outlining the significant revisions and new guidelines found in the latest (seventh) edition of the MLA (Modern Language Association) Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

She went on to demonstrate the citation features found in databases such as Academic Search Premier, Opposing Viewpoints, and Literature Resources from Gale, cautioning along the way that judgment was nonetheless necessary in their use.

The CSI Library’s Writing & Citation Guide, available on the homepage, was mentioned as an excellent source for students looking for information about plagiarism, writing styles, and citation tools.  Professor Amy Stempler demonstrated the benefits of the free online citation generators KnightCite and Citation Machine. She also showed how to export citations using the bibliographic management tool RefWorks.

The presentations concluded with Professor Judy Xiao’s demonstration of the plagiarism prevention tool TurnItIn.  Workshop participants also learned that the Library was inaugurating a Library Citation Clinic open to all students to take place during finals week of every semester, of which the very first took place May 3, 4, and 5, 2011.

Our next Citation Clinic will be held during the week of Finals on December 12-14, and 19-21.  Please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.csi.cuny.edu for more details on location and times.

For more information please contact:

Prof. Rebecca Adler Schiff
Coordinator of Reference Services
Rebecca.AdlerSchiff@csi.cuny.edu
(718) 982 4064