Working With Sources

Thinking about Citation and Sources

In the opening workshop we will consider fundamental aspects of working with sources including why we work with them before, during and after writing. We will also discuss how to find and assess source materials and how to read them critically. Other topics will include the rhetorical patterns in source use across disciplines and genres of writing and the reasons why we might choose to quote, paraphrase or summarize, dependant on the circumstance.

Writing Your Sources Into Your Work

The second workshop in the series deals more with the “nuts and bolts” of citation – i.e. how the work of others actually makes it into your writing. We’ll be looking at the various levels of citation (from short quotation to large generalizations), as well as the mechanics of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing. We’ll also explore how to integrate the ideas of other and the reasons we might choose certain sentence or paragraph structures over others. Other topics that will be explored include endnotes/footnotes and the fundamentals of literature reviews. (If the latter is of particular interest to you, please note that GCAC offers a separate workshop dedicated solely to Lit Reviews that provides a more thorough overview. Please consult our schedule for when that workshop will be offered.)

Refining Your Use of Sources

The final workshop in the series tackles some higher-level concerns attendant to academic citation. Issues up for discussion include how much we should be citing, the consequences of over- and under-citing and how we can maintain our own voice in the midst of the experts we must introduce. We’ll also consider the idea of “common knowledge” and what needs to be cited, as well as how plagiarism can be defined and avoided. Finally, we will investigate some stylistic and technical elements of source incorporation such as choosing reporting verbs, conveying an attitude towards sources, using appropriate verb tense and avoiding common grammatical pitfalls associated with citation.​​​​​​​​​