Citations - How to Make People Believe You
Introduction and Motivation
The 1100+Lawmen Groupsubscribers have a broad array of educations, avocations,professions, and callings. Some have magnificent cognitive abilities that they use to goodeffect when drafting and publishing letters, messages, articles, pleadings, motions,memoranda, and the like. Few or none use available, easily accessible resources to citetheir sources concisely, accurately, repletely, and professionally. And THAT makes their work less credible. Why?Because readers (I for one) always think data-craving thoughts like:
Who told you that preposterous nonsense?
How did you come up with that inane idea?
Where did you get that unlikely fact?
How can I study that further?
How do I connect that with what I already know?
Oh, really? Why?
What else did the originator have to say?
Where did you read, see, experience, or hear that?
Enter the Citation
A single literary tool can help you answer such questions before or as they arise - theCITATION. A citation consists of a concise statement of the source of a writer's or speaker's data.Few tools will serve you better to get people to believe what you have to express becausethe citation specifically identifies the:
source media type (speech, interview, seminar, notes, phone conversation, TV show, movie, book, magazine, physical object, article, web site)
source name (of book, article, movie, art work, seminar, web site)
sub-source (as in a web page in a web site or article in a magazine)
publication date and, if necessary time)
author of data (typically a person's name)
Why Do I Need All That in a Citation?
Most web-based writing can include hyperlinks to sources. You would use hyperlinks inemails, blogs, web sites, email lists, including word processor output to PDF(POSTSCRIPT (or Portable) Display Format) files for web publication. When you have little time to mess around with the tedious and arcane requirements forproper, standard citations, you will typically include only a hyperlink to the source webpage. But this method has a number of serious drawbacks:1