Yesterday I wrote about my need to have links in what I read so I can make my own decisions about the topic. My friend John wrote that I could continue to look to find the information — maybe even in a library!! (John is a librarian, so he might be prejudiced!)
But John is right. I could do that. The information, unless it is totally fabricated, is out there somewhere. And if I am truly interested (which I am), I can extend myself and find it.
But that isn’t the point, really. At least not to me.
I teach academic writing. I tell my students all the time that they have to cite sources. They have to make it so anyone who wants to check their information can do so easily. It is a struggle for some of them, but most do a decent job of it.
So why don’t we demand the same from adults who write? Why are they/we exempted from that standard we set for our young people? Do we only make students cite sources so we can believe they have done their research or do we really believe it is right to give credit to others and to make it easy for readers to follow our thinking back through our sources?
Following that train of thought is very important to me.