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Peer Review

Why You Need to Cite Sources

by Stephanie Buck


Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Dec 03, 2011 by Library and Information Services
Overview: A brief narrated PowerPoint presentation answering questions related to citing sources. The questions answered include what, when, why, where, and how to document resources referenced or used in an academic research paper.
Type of Material: Lecture/presentation
Recommended Uses: This brief instruction module could be effectively used as an introduction to a learning activity designed to provide students with an opportunity to acquire and practice citation conventions while learning the skills associated with academic writing. It could also serve as a review of the basic concepts associated with citing resources.
Technical Requirements: Adobe Capivate
Identify Major Learning Goals: The purpose of this tutorial is to teach students why they must learn to cite all their sources, web or print. However, key learning goals are not included.
Target Student Population: upper division high school students, lower division college students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No specific subject skills are needed, just basic computer skills.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Providing a concise yet complete explanation of the basic tenets governing citation conventions, this narrated PowerPoint presentation represents a sound overview of the topic.
Concerns: The narrated PowerPoint presentation focuses solely on an explanation of the basic concepts associated with citing resources when writing an academic paper but fails to explore or illustrate how the concepts are applied, thereby limiting its instructional effectiveness.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This tutorial is easy to navigate. It starts by explaining what to cite, then when and why to cite. it then tells to reasons for citing and where to cite. It is not too long, and it contains a lot of important information that students need to understand when writing any research paper. A lot could be learned in a short time. The concise and complete explanation of the basic concepts associated with citing resources in an academic research paper can easily serve as a good introduction to and/or review of the topic.
Concerns: Neither prerequisite skills or learning outcomes/goals are identified as a means of providing an introduction to the instructional content.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This tutorial is very easy to use. All the instructions are the beginning. It is visually appealing and interaction because it has the student scroll over words to find out more information. At the end it wraps it all up by telling students that if they have more questions they can ask a librarian. The pop-up prompts help viewers to easily navigate through the narrated PowerPoint presentation.
Concerns: Navigating through the narrated PowerPoint presentation was somewhat confusing given at times viewers were required to manually advance to the next screen and at other times slides were automatically advanced. Despite the notice audio would not begin until the next slide, the absence of a voice over narration for the opening slide was a bit confusing.

Other Issues and Comments: This narrated PowerPoint presentation would have benefited by an interactive learning activity illustrating the application of citation conventions.