Citation in Web 3.0: The In-Essay Hypertext Bibliography

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Citation in Web 3.0: The In-Essay Hypertext Bibliography
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Abstract: 

This multimedia presentation explores how the theoretical value of ethos as an Aristotelian appeal can inform choices and practical value assigned to reference and works cited pages in twenty-first-century composition instruction. Attendees are invited to consider a hyperlink citation style in an increasingly-digital composition classroom.

Proposal: 

This presentation explores how the theoretical value of ethos as an Aristotelian appeal can inform choices and practical value assigned to constructing reference and works cited pages in twenty-first-century composition instruction. Current writing style guides such as MLA, APA, and Chicago call for the citation of source information found increasingly in digital formats. As scholarly internet databases gain popularity, persistent digital texts are linked back to institutional, peer-reviewed, digital archives. In their citation practices, however, students are often still required to learn and practice bibliographical work in accordance with the print essay. On the twenty-first-century college campus, however, students enter into a multi-literate, digital space, providing fuller access to digital technologies in and out of the classroom. To 1.) promote use of technologies, 2.) promote students’ engagement with technologies, and 3.) prompt students’ training in citation, I offer a digital method for works cited or reference page work. My presentation will include a multi-modal demonstration of this style of citation, coupled with an oral presentation on its features. Further, I will briefly explore the theoretical implications of this citation style as it pertains to students’ ethos-building in digital composition, informed by Berners-Lee, Hendler, and Lassila's Web 3.0 Theory, or the “Semantic Web.” I will also open discussion to the room regarding the potential advantages and limitations of this model.

Context: 
This proposal promotes discourse on the intersections of composition instruction, digital technologies, and the Aristotelian formulation of ethos. I am interested in examining the practical value of print-based writing style guides within a digital technology-accessible composition classroom. I offer an innovative digital alternative to citation requirements in essay writing.
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individual