One of the hardest parts about citing sources and acknowledging the work of others is first figuring out what the hell it is we even need to cite. For early academic career researchers, it can be confusing why you need to include things like author, title, publisher, etc, when you could just link to a URL. Identifying building block components of different formats and then organizing all of those pieces into a uniform and consistent style guide that is formatted differently for different disciplines is not intuitive. It doesn’t even make sense if you think about it… but we do it, and we expect our students to do it. This is a mad lib activity I put together to try to make this process a little more fun and a little more fundamental…. back to the basics of what goes in a citation. This whole worksheet is heavily inspired by Kate Angell, who said something about mad libs and citations on facebook earlier this week.
For this activity, I break the class into small groups and have them complete the worksheet. I then collect their citations and together, we figure out how to organize them into a Works Cited list (so, far, I’ve done this for MLA classes).
In the future, I want to make mad libs for journal articles, and oh oh oh! I want to take it to higher ordered thinking, and figure out how to apply the mad lib treatment to the kind of BEAM information literacy teaching that Kate Ganski has been implementing.
(also, I don’t know why this is about two ‘Kates’, but it is. I know people not named, ‘kate’, i promise.)