I need to know -- am I out of touch?
I assigned a paper in which my students are supposed to research an ethical issue.
I told them to use some form of in-text citations, but I didn't care if it was footnotes or parenthetical references.
Countless papers have come in with some version of a works cited page, but NO in-text citations. Sometimes they'll say "Smith says...." -- but, nowhere do they tell me exactly WHERE in the book Smith says it, or sometimes which Smith article it is. Other times they'll write the citation directly into the text -- which kind of works -- but makes it really icky to read.
Did I miss a shift to this kind of minimal citation?
Do they learn this in comp 1 -- or high school?
or -- are they just f-ing lazy?