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Re: The purpose of academic citation: a request for help

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Linda McCloud-Bondoc <[log in to unmask]>

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European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing - discussions <[log in to unmask]>

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Hi Russ,

I'd agree with part of your statement. For students, an additional purpose is to learn about all the other reasons mentioned here, and in effect, be socialized into the community of researchers in a particular discipline. Of course, students who don't learn those norms tend to get poor grades, so in that sense, I think you're right.

Linda McCloud-Bondoc
Write Site Coordinator
Office of the Vice President Academic

Athabasca University
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB. 
Canada T9S 3A3
1-866-603-9521

----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell Kent" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 4:38:10 AM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: Re: The purpose of academic citation: a request for help

Surely, the purpose of citation depends on whether you are a student or not.

If you are a student, then the purpose of citation is so the professor does not fail your paper.

If you are not a student, then all the previous reasons are valid.

Cheers,

Russ Kent

-----Original Message-----
From: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing - discussions [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of [log in to unmask]
Sent: 18 February 2010 10:06
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: The purpose of academic citation: a request for help

Hi,
This was one of the issues that I stuided during my PhD Dissertation,
within the framework of genre analysis. I am  quoting a few paragraphs
from my dissertation below. I hope it will help you.

"Citations serve multiple purposes in scientific texts that contain unique
works such as research papers. These purposes include, but are not limited
to connecting new information to information that already exists in the
field, structuring of new information by the interaction of the writer and
reader, recognition of novelty of the information (Berkenkotter and
Huckin, 1995; Hyland, 1999), putting forth the attitude of the new
information towards the old (Charles, 2006). Citations, because of such
functions, are viewed as one of the founding components of academic texts.
In other words, citation is ‘sine qua non’ in the genre of scientific text
(Bazerman, 1988; Swales, 1990; Berkenkotter and Huckin, 1995; Hyland,
1999; 2000; Charles, 2006).

Using citations to refer to former texts in a new text, that is; to
‘explicitly’ put inter-text relationships into code (Fairclough 1992),
helps justify the new information in the practices of research society.
Therefore new information conveyed via a new text becomes dependent on
contextual information.

Explicit references to certain texts, which demonstrate how prior studies
are described and perceived, are accepted by many to be significant clues
as to how writers structure the information using this particular
communicative method in the course of academic communication.  Writers in
search of a position in the field for their work and the information they
will present often resort to discourse-oriented functions such as
contextualising, starting field-based discussions and informativity. These
functions are coded in the surface structure of the text by the use of
citations. These discourse functions are in fact society and
information-oriented tools to implicate the existence of the writer in the
surface structure of the text."

<<Fidan, Özden (2008)GENRE ANALYSIS OF INTRODUCTION SECTIONS IN STUDENTS’
RESEARCH ARTICLES IN THE FIELD OF LINGUISTICS IN TURKEY, Unpublished
Doctoral Thesis>>

Hello Gavin,
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> This is an issue I touch upon in my undergraduate academic writing
> course. What I usually tell my students is that the purpose of academic
> citation is to avoid plagiarism and draw the line between the writer's
> original ideas and those borrowed from othersor the "not" question I would
> say the purpose is not to decorate a paper with lots of expert names
> whether or not they are relevant to one's paper.
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> Good luck with your book.
> When it is published I would like to have a look at it.
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> Assoc. Prof. Elif Demirel
> Blacksea Technical University
> English Language and Literature Department
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> --- On Sun, 2/14/10, Curry, Mary Jane <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
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> From: Curry, Mary Jane <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: The purpose of academic citation: a request for help
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 6:08 PM
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> Can the replies go privately to Gavin please?
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> Mary Jane Curry
> Associate Professor, Language Education
> Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education & Human Development
> PO Box 270425, Dewey Hall 1-160G
> University of Rochester
> Rochester, NY 14627
> 585.273.5934
> FAX 585.473.7598
> www.rochester.edu/warner/faculty
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> From: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing -
> discussions [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Millie Baker
> Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:33 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: The purpose of academic citation: a request for help
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> Hello Gavin,
> thanks for asking - I enjoyed thinking about this. I'm still usure how to
> approach the 'not' question, though, so I'm leaving that out for now.
> The purpose of academic citation is to make visible one's position within
> and relationship to a discourse, to draw on the energy of other people's
> work and reflect back, in its mirror, one's own contribution.
> Millie
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> Von: "Fairbairn, Gavin"
> Gesendet: 13.02.2010 13:41:13
> An: [log in to unmask]
> Betreff: The purpose of academic citation: a request for help
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> Dear colleagues,
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> I am currently completing work on the third edition of my book with Chris
> Winch, Reading, Writing and Reasoning: a guide for students, and working
> on the section about academic citation. Thinking about how one can best
> state, as simply as possible, the purpose of academic citation, I have
> been asking colleagues from a range of academic disciplines, for their
> views, which are surprisingly diverse. Then it occurred to me that it
> would be interesting to gather some views from EATAW members, to see
> whether their views are also varied. I would therefore, be grateful if you
> would tell me what you think.
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> If you are willing to help me in this way, please complete the following
> two statements:
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> ·        The purpose of academic citation is…
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> ·        The purpose of academic citation isn’t…
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> Having done so, please send them back to me at [log in to unmask],
> rather than circulating your view to everyone on the list. It would be
> interesting, at the same time, if you also shared your disciplinary
> background, because it would be helpful in reflecting on whether this
> makes a difference to views of the place of citation in academic writing.
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> Â Â  My expectation is that most people will complete these statements in
> the space of one sentence, but if you want to write more, please feel free
> to do so.
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> Â Â  After a couple of weeks I shall collate the responses I receive (if I
> receive any) and mail them round to everyone who has been willing to help
> me in this way, and has managed to find a few minutes to do so. Of course,
> I shan’t be identifying who said what, either in the collated list, or
> if I decide to use what you say, in anything else I write.
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> Â Â  With grateful thanks, in anticipation.
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> Â Â  Best wishes,
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> Gavin J. Fairbairn
> Professor of Ethics and Language
> Leeds Metropolitan University
> The Grange
> Headingley Campus
> Beckett Park
> Leeds Met University
> LS6 3QS
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> From: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing -
> discussions on behalf of Zulfiqar Ahmed Qureshi
> Sent: Tue 09/02/2010 00:11
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Writing conferences as a method of feedback on academic
> writing
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> Thx for this Fiona - great to here from Australia - I didn't realise that
> EATAW reached that far!
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> May I ask - what's the no. 1/2 journal out there for EFL/EAP research by
> the way?
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> Mr Zulfi Qureshi
> Senior Lecturer in English Language
> Course Leader for International Foundation Programme
> Tel: +44 (0) 1772 89 3677
> E-mail: [log in to unmask]
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>>>> Fiona Henderson 07/02/10 2:59 AM >>>
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> Dear Zulfi,
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> I'll start this to see if it creates an Australian conversation for you. 
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> I would say many of us here use spoken feedback as well as written
> commentary in one to one writing conferences.  For me, it would mostly be
> doing one or more of three things.  Often I will commence a f2f by asking
> the student to outline his/her overall document plan, often I will ask a
> student to explain orally a particular paragraph and the point that is
> being made (as I cannot understand the written version) and often as part
> of the paraphrasing process, I will ask them to orally give me the
> writer's idea. 
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> Of course there is also spoken interaction as part of the process of
> clarifying any written commentary.
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> Regards,
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> Fiona
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> Fiona Henderson
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> Lecturer
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> Language and Learning Portfolio
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> Victoria University
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> ph 61 3 9919 4972
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> http://tls.vu.edu.au/altc/studentresources.cfm
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> From: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing -
> discussions [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Zulfiqar Ahmed
> Qureshi
> Sent: Sunday, 7 February 2010 12:44 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Writing conferences as a method of feedback on academic writing
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> Dear colleagues,
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> I am currently investigating the use of spoken feedback with international
> students in one to one writing conferences on their academic essay drafts
> (on a foundation/pre-UG course) and wish to ask the following of you all:
> Â 
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> 1) How many of you use such conferences with your EFL sts to discuss essay
> writing drafts? Is it a common feature of feedback methods employed by
> UK/European universities on such courses (in addition to the default
> 'written commentary')?
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> 2) Does anyone know of any studies conducted at UK/European universities
> on this area as most are US based.
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> Many thanks for any help/responses you may be able to offer.
> Â 
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> Zulfi
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> Mr Zulfi Qureshi
> Senior Lecturer in English Language
> Course Leader for International Foundation Programme
> Tel: +44 (0) 1772 89 3677
> E-mail: [log in to unmask]
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