I feel that I've failed a bit in teaching citation this semester. Some of my students have gotten into the habit of citing, at least, so I don't think I've failed there, at least. (And to be honest, if I could get every student to get in the habit of citing in academic contexts, I'd feel pretty good.)
The failure's a bit deeper than that, and comes from my sense of some of the research papers I've been reading this week. The students know they need to cite. But on some level, they don't know why they need to cite. Or, perhaps more to the point, they don't know why they're incorporating someone else's argument so that they need to cite it.
As we discussed a few months ago, we cite people's work for many different reasons. But some of my students don't seem to really understand any of those reasons. So they include something about someone else's work in the paper, and cite it appropriately, but it really doesn't contribute to their argument. It's just there. Maybe they think having it there will lend "credibility" to their own argument, but since it's not contributing, it doesn't work that way, even.
Back to grading jail.