I know I know this, but my instructor won't accept (My Brain, 2012) as a citation.
December 5, 2012 6:36 PM Subscribe
How can I become better at remembering references to cite in my academic writing? I know how to use APA style, but when I need to write I can remember theories and details, but not where I actually READ those theories. HALP!
posted by MultiFaceted to education (14 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on my PhD, which means lots and lots and LOTS of reading, then lots of academic style writing about everything I read. The nature of the program means that we have to keep adding to our knowledge and eventually be able to synthesize and use all the stuff we've learned through the whole program. So, an answer to a discussion question would reference not only the theories we learned in the current class, but ideally would tie in theories and details from all the previous classes.
I know how to cite and reference what I'm writing (we use APA style), so that's not the issue. What I struggle with is remembering who said what so that I actually CAN cite it. For example, I recently had to write about management vs. leadership(...is it different? Same? How would I approach blah blah blah...). Since the class is about management specifically I knew where to find the cites for what I wanted to say about that (because I had just read it). But the leadership theories I wrote about was learned in more than one class over the course of this past year. I knew the information, I just didn't know who said it or where to look in my past books to find a suitable reference to use.
Since I'll be taking comp exams in a year where I'll have to write similar answers with limited time and resources, I need to get better at this. How can I remember details about who said what theory, and where I read it? Am I missing a study skill, or just bad at remembering? What can I do to improve?