Teaching Critical Citation: Empowering Students and Researchers Through Citation Practice

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Teaching robust citation practice is a core responsibility in many librarian jobs. But citation can be another tool that is used to keep traditionally marginalized populations sidelined or out of academia altogether. Thinking critically about citation practice can help researchers tear down this traditional system of oppression. Two librarians at the University of Maryland worked together to create a critical citation module that helps beginning researchers and first year students think critically about their citation practice. By illustrating the value of citation, students are encouraged to see themselves as part of the scholarly conversation and seriously consider the voices and perspectives they have chosen to elevate through their citations. This module empowers students to see themselves as agents of change using simple tips and citation tricks. In this presentation, we provide context for why critical citation is important, present the components of the module, and describe future steps.