Effective instruction on citation begins with persuading students that accurate citation matters. The educational community is guilty of mixed signals on citation, at least on the high school level. Sometimes, citation is important to the successful completion of an assignment and sometimes it doesn't seem to matter because it is not required. Often, certain teachers do not seem to understand the importance of citation themselves, and, as a result, are incapable of teaching good practice to their students. As librarians, we have a responsibility to teach our teachers that giving credit where credit is due is important by teaching them the specifics of citation.
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