Where is That Reference From? Identifying the Source of Student Citations as First Step in Assessing Reference Appropriateness

By Christine Armatas and Andrew Vincent.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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In this paper we explore student use of bibliographical material in support of assessment tasks. The Internet has made the availability of information passé and this, coupled with the onset of ubiquitous devices that enable easy and cheap access to vast repositories of information, has the effect of enabling students to quickly find information that can be cited in support of their arguments. We examine student use of reference material in reflective assessment and in major team-based project work. We discuss the factors that effect student selection and subsequent use of reference material and examine use of Internet-based material. We conclude with a strategy that will be useful for academic staff to utilize so as to improve the quality of the selection of reference material by students.

Keywords: Judgement, Citation, Bibliography, Students

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp.99-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 231.434KB).

Dr Christine Armatas

Senior Educational Developer, Educational Development Unit, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Armatas has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and is a registered psychologist with expertise in curriculum design and evaluation. She is currently working in the Faculty of Business and Law at Victoria University on a range of projects associated with strategies for engaging industry in curriculum design and delivery, and the appropriate use of technology to enhance students’ learning outcomes.

Andrew Vincent

Lecturer, Centre for Work Integrated Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I am currently completing a PhD which investigates criminal sentencing, decision making, and decision support, in the School of Management and Information Systems at Victoria University. I am interested in the nexus between decision making, intuition, and expertise. Presently, I am engaged as educational developer in the Faculty of Business and Law at Victoria University. I was previously a Research Fellow in the School of Accounting and Business Information System at the University of Melbourne.