How does one complete a citation if a student reads the book on the Kindle, Nook, or other reader? Just require a copy of the book for citation purposes?
I am a volunteer teacher for a co-op class, and the students read at home, some using these readers. In class is the discussion and practice for writing an essay on the book.
This seems like a question that might be coming up since more people are reading books on electronic readers!
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You put the name of the reader. When I use my Kindle and copy and paste text from it, it gives me the citation. I automatically pastes with the text. Very cool! For instance, this is what it gives me when I copy and paste.
It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). Giver (p. 1). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
It is my understanding that a book on the Kindle keeps the citation it would have if published on paper; that is, follow the MLA guidelines for checking publication date, publisher, city, author, etc. The only thing that might change is the ISBN number, and that is easy to find. It might also be prudent to specify an ebook edition, especially if it is a newer edition than the available print copy. Check the OWL at Purdue for more information.
As #2 points out, one of the great features of using a device such as the Kindle is that it automatically gives you the citation as it should be laid out without you having to do any of the work. Therefore when you cut and paste using a kindle programme you will automatically have the citation displayed afterwards. Very easy and a great feature that helps students with their referencing skills.
The most important thing about citation is that the students are actually do it at all. Ideally you want them to follow whatever format you want (MLA, APA) but I think the bigger challenge is teaching them the necessity of the citation and works cited page in the first place. So many students don't appreciate the implications of plagiarism especially if they think that if they just put something "in their own words" if makes it OK to take the information from some outside source. Students need to be taught HOW to cite and more importantly WHEN and WHY to cite.
In Chicago Style, which is used in college-level history classes (at least those that are in keeping with the conventions of the discipline,) e-readers are cited exactly as print sources, except for a media marker at the end of the citation. The same goes for online books. Many professors, and indeed many journals, are not that particular about this, especially if the online text consulted is from Google Books.
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