Why do scholars take the time to create exhaustive lists of the sources of their information and ideas? Why are bibliographies and works cited pages critical to the scholarly conversation?
When participating in academic discourse, you “converse” with other scholars by analyzing, synthesizing, critiquing, and discussing their work. For the conversation to function, their thoughts must be attributed and cited in your own work.
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