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  1. The Byzantine Bandit

    The Byzantine Bandit Member

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    Citation Needed?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The Byzantine Bandit, Oct 13, 2013.

    Let's say I read a commentary on a work by Tolkien (say, The Hobbit) which points out a particular theme/way to read the book. Let's say I forget that the commentary applied to The Hobbit and end up reading The Lord of the Rings through that lens. Then let's say I do some scholarly writing on the work using the insights I got from reading through the commentary's lens. Would I need to mention in some way that I obtained my insights by an accidental misapplication of that commentary?

    Also, let's say that because of reading that commentary, I become super-sensitive to a certain theme and it dramatically alters the way I read anything at all. Would I need to mention said commentary in scholarly work, even though it applied to The Hobbit and I might be writing on that theme in an unrelated work (say, Sundiata)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    You need the citation if you are quoting or citing specifics from the commentary. I would not think you need a citation for everything you've ever learned, so if you learned something from the commentary, and you are applying it to a different piece, it depends entirely on how specific your reference is.
     
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    In a scholarly work, cite all references. This includes direct quotations, paraphrasing, arguments or conclusions presented in other scholarly works, etc.
     
  4. Pheonix

    Pheonix A Singer of Space Operas and The Fourth Mod of RP Staff Contributor

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    I'm with Cog on this one. In Scholarly work you have to cite pretty much everything.
     
  5. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    yup!... ditto the ditto...
     

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