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Old 06-07-06, 08:04 PM   #1
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Would this situation require citations?

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?
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Originally Posted by phantomcow2
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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