Why do we use different citation styles, and when do we tell students about it?

From Library Media Connection’s new “Adding Friction” column by Debbie Abilock:

Teachers often ask, “Why should I teach more
than one citation style?” Some argue that it’s
better to learn just one style well. Since they
are comfortable with MLA, they assign it
for everything. That made sense in the past
when citation involved untangling confusing
rules spread throughout a print handbook
Student proficiency in more than one style
was inconceivable …

If a primary goal of the Common Core is to
learn to read, write, and conduct research in
the humanities, sciences, and social sciences,
students ought to understand how members of
each community “talk” to each other, including
how the words and ideas of others are attributed.
When teachers take a discipline-based approach
to information literacy, composition, and reading,
students are more likely to create “products
that apply to authentic, real-world contexts”
(Standards for the 21st-Century Learner 3.3.4).

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