Foo - Would this situation require citations?
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06-07-06, 09:04 PM
If you were asked to write some fairly hefty essay, like for a test, would you need to cite sources in this instance? Particularly if, the source of information was the class itself?
the source of information was the class itself
Very rarely (if ever) is a class the primary source of any information worth citing. New information or ideas almost always are disclosed somewhere else before they're discussed in a classroom. It is exceptionally unlikely that something worth citing was revealed for the very first time in a high school classroom. That information came from somewhere else, and it should be acknowledged in a proper fashion.
One should cite the most relevant reference, not the one most convenient for the writer. In my line of work, for example, this means not simply citing a recent example of someone running a particular type of reaction, but citing seminal papers and major reviews on that reaction.
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