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credibility and reliability of information you find when you do a search. This week you will learn about ways of identifying, attributing and critically evaluating sources of knowledge in a dynamic online environment.

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WEEK 8

Last week you looked at the credibility and reliability of information you find when you do a search. This week you will learn about ways of identifying, attributing and critically evaluating sources of knowledge in a dynamic online environment.
By the end of the week you should have confidence in:
•    expressing your own informed voice
•    engaging with ideas and practices.
Writing with authority
This week we will provide you with some skills to effectively use and acknowledge source material, in order to assist you in becoming part of the academic community. When used well, citations and referencing are a powerful way for you to demonstrate your:
•    breadth and depth of research
•    ability to provide evidence that supports your own ideas
•    engagement with, and critical thinking about, ideas (discourse).
For many of you this may be a new skill and will involve learning new textual (writing) practices where you can express your own understandings and ideas through the authority and expertise of others.
Writing academically requires you to write critically by engaging deeply with a variety of sources in order to express your own thinking with authority. Some of the thinking skills you need to do this are:
•    Evaluating – choosing, deciding, judging, prioritising, recommending
•    Analysing – structuring, surveying, outlining, organising, distinguishing
•    Interpreting – explain, clarify, describe, translate, define
•    Arguing – debate, question, discuss, convince, dispute

Critical thinking (2013). Created by Swinburne Online.
Consider this
Think about some of the activities you have been involved in over the last eight weeks and see if you can identify any of them that required the skills identified in this image.
In your weekly discussions you’ve shared many video clips, images, websites and content with your learning group. It is important to be giving credit at every opportunity to the work of others in your academic writing. Acknowledging others is essential to showing how we develop arguments and viewpoints. Because we build on the work of others in order to form new knowledge, we must cite the work that came before us to help readers understand how we reached our conclusions.
The citing of sources is fundamental to sound academic writing, debate and intellectual engagement within an academic community and, used skilfully, citation can effectively enhance an author’s position.
– Vardi (2012, p. 921).
So what is a citation? And what does citing mean?
Citing means quoting something by giving an example and writing where you got the information from. A citation identifies the source of your information and helps locate the original information. A citation generally includes the author(s), title, publisher, and date. If your source is from a journal article you would need to include: the author(s), article title, source journal title, volume, pages, and date. If it is from a website you need to include the previous plus the link to the website and the date you accessed it.
Using a citation in your writing means that you are recognising that someone other than you contributed the information and gives you the authority to share your own views and those of others. When you cite sources it shows evidence of:
•    what you have researched,
•    what you have read,
•    what you now know, and
•    what you have discovered is available in the literature (article, journal, website, YouTube).
A citation is documented in a set format. Swinburne Online units require you to use either the Harvard or APA style.
Activities/Assessment
Once you have completed exploring the referencing style materials, move onto the activity page to view this week’s activity.
Click on the Activities/Assessment link for more information on how to do this.
Summary of this week’s readings
A reference list (APA) (Harvard) is provided at the end of the weekly learning materials. The correct referencing style should be used to promote your skills in academic citation. This is particularly important in each of your assessments.

Activity 8

Activity 1: Find it, write it and cite it (have an idea, back it up, share it)
Background: Throughout this unit you have searched for information about a topic of your choice. In the process you will have evaluated some of the resources and websites based on:
•    who the author is
•    the author’s credentials
•    the author’s source material
•    the currency and comprehensiveness of the author’s content
•    any seals or stamps of approval.
This next activity is an opportunity to practice correctly citing the resources you have found and get feedback on from your peers and eLA.
Purpose: To develop skills in how to paraphrase, quote, incorporate and acknowledge the words and ideas of others.
Task: Write a short paragraph about an idea you have on learning in the digital world. Back it up with some research then share it with your peers. Your paragraph should be no more than 200 words and include at least two different references in either APA or Harvard style.
•    How to cite in APA format
•    How to cite in Harvard format
Interact/respond: Review one student’s post and give them feedback on their work. Pay particular attention to how they have paraphrased, the credibility of the source, currency of information and referencing format.
Time/Length: About 60 minutes for both task and response with feedback given by the end of the week.

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Moving onto Week 8 activity
Access the discussion forum for this activity by going to the groups page, selecting Group Discussion Board, and then clicking on the Week 8 forum.

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