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Discussion for Decoding Citations
Kimberly Miller (Librarian)
This would be a good excercise for students who have already been introduced to MLA and APA style citations. The beginning of the tutorial could benefit from some animations, highlighting the different parts of the citation being discussed so the auditory and visual information channels line up.
Barbara Bonanni (Student)
This learning object not only explains the different styles of citations but also explains how you can distinguish between what the citation represents just by looking at the format and knowing what it is referring to: a book, article, website, etc.
Melissa Pietricola (Student)
This activity allows students to work at their own pace through the challenging lesson of accurately citing sources. It takes the interesting approach of assessing learning by using citations to determine the type of source used.
One drawback is that students click through the slide show to get to the next element, but when tested one does not want them to click through and avoid the "testing" element. It is easy to figure out how to get around this.