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Source(s) Cited Encouragement

Joined: December 16th, 2005, 7:53 am

May 11th, 2007, 9:07 pm #1

For topics concerning history, we at [b]KOEI Warriors would like to encourage the citation of source(s) of where the information you used or found is from.[/b]

As to why we are doing this, academically you need to cite the sources of all your claims. Think of it in terms of a "works cited" section of essay writing. You can write crazy ideas, but without the works you cited, what do the crazy ideas mean? Nothing. They will merely remain as crazy ideas that can easily be dismissed. With sources you can support and legitimize your claims no matter what they are.

We understand that this isn't school and that not everyone can remember everything they’ve read, but we encourage you to do this because by doing so it will legitimize your reasoning to whatever is being discussed. In other cases, with citing, people can point out if you've misinterpreted something from that source, tell you whether the source is "no good" and so forth. In addition, by listing your sources, you are able to give a chance for those who are interested in the topic to find appropriate books or sources to learn more.

You are encouraged to only cite the information that is not considered “common knowledge” in accordance to the forum topic. As for what “common knowledge” is, that is up for you to decide. Keep in mind not everyone knows as much as you may believe you do. For instance, in the Sengoku Jidai section, you do not need to cite that the death of Oda Nobunaga was caused by Akechi Mitsuhide, but you are encouraged to cite if you were to say something such as “Uesugi Kenshin died while on the potty during the second Kawanakajima Campaign” or maybe, in topic of the Three Kingdoms, “Before each battle, Lu Bu was known to stick wisteria blossoms in his hair and sing songs about the Yuans around a campfire while eating char sui bao dipped in ma po tofu”.

[b]For the "Three Kingdoms Novel Section"[/b], as the novel itself is an embellishment of history, you do not need to cite if it is your interpretation of the book. However, it is encouraged to cite if you speak or derive ideas from someone else's interpretations aka literary criticisms. You are encouraged to do the same if you are to compare events in history to the novel.

Keep in mind that using citations is to your advantage. If you are opposed to someone’s ideas, without arguing you can simply point out that what they say means nothing if they don’t source their claims and if you do you can criticize their claims, even better if you can prove them wrong using your own correct source.

[b]Remember, this is not a rule. This is an encouragement. This is not to deter members from posting in the history forum, but rather it is to ensure accuracy in the things members say. [/b]