Why You Should Cite It Right

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INTERIOR PSYCHOLOGIST'S OFFICE

Doctor is sitting in a chair next to a couch that the student is lying on.

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STUDENT:

I thought it was unfair, you know? No one said anything about citing sources, whatever that means. How am I gonna make up these points?

Jeff holds up his paper with an "F" on it, then casts it aside.

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DOCTOR
Mm hm, mm hm. So points are important to you?

STUDENT
Yeah. I don't want to fail.

DOCTOR
Well, did you know you needed to cite sources in your paper?

STUDENT
She might have said something about it, I guess.

DOCTOR
So. Do you feel you should have, then?

STUDENT
Yeah, I guess so. But I just don't see why I need to. I am so busy right now, you know?

DOCTOR
Uh huh. So, since it was part of the assignment, did you think she wouldn't notice?

STUDENT
Yeah. I guess I know now. It's just been so hectic. I had, like, five assignments due that week. It's such a hassle.

DOCTOR
Hmmm. You know, citing doesn't take that long. Do you know how to do it?

STUDENT
I, uh, well I mean...ugh...

Jeff puts his hands on his face.

STUDENT
It's so complicated.

DOCTOR
It doesn't have to be. You just need to know a few things. And there are computer programs that help with that. I spoke with a librarian the other day and they got me started in less than 10 minutes.

STUDENT
Really? But. Still, why do I even need to do it?

DOCTOR
Well, what were you trying to say in your paper?

STUDENT
Well my paper is on alternative energy. And, I found an article on the internet from a magazine that said what I wanted to say about wind farms. And since I agreed with it, and kinda had that idea, I just put it in there.

DOCTOR
Sure. But you didn't do the work to put those words down. You didn't think of the idea, research it, or get it published.

STUDENT
Like she did?

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A journalist, pops out from behind the couch.

JOURNALIST
As a journalist who has to fact check and do a lot of work to pull a story together. I spent a lot of time on this and I didn't pretend that someone else's work was my own. It's definitely ok to use my words, just give me credit for them. That way when someone is reading your paper will know where your ideas come from. I definitely cite my sources when I use and idea, fact or opinion that isn't mine. It's important to know where these things come from because it gives them context.

DOCTOR
And it's easy to do.

STUDENT
Well, I guess I'll redo it and ask a librarian or the writing center for some help on how to cite it correctly.

DOCTOR
Well do you think that will make you happy?

JEFF/JOURNALIST
Eh. Yup.

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