Citation Instruction & Support at a Small Academic Library

Deborah Tritt Harmon, Instruction/Reference Librarian and Associate Professor, and Brandy Horne, Instruction/Reference Librarian and Associate Professor, Gregg-Graniteville Library, University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, SC (FTE: 3,865)

Academic librarians at small institutions are uniquely positioned to serve as an outside voice in the area of citation standardization and support on campus. Through library instruction and individual research support, we see firsthand how a lack of consistency in citation requirements and expectations across the curriculum creates barriers to proper attribution and adds to students’ frustration and anxiety with research. Because ours is a small liberal arts campus with a robust library instruction program, our library liaisons have been able leverage their expertise to provide citation leadership and support across the curriculum. This session will discuss how our small team of librarians has successfully worked to improve citation consistency not only by creating and providing access to a variety of specialized citation support materials, but also through faculty collaborations and training, and library instruction and workshops for students. Looking at both challenges and opportunities, we’ll discuss how our efforts have had a meaningful and sustained impact on our campus community in ways that likely would not be possible at larger institutions.

Presentation via Google Slides

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