You listen in on conversations around you--- You read and capture the voices of other writers --- You add your voice to the conversation. As you join in, you will make choices about how you attribute the works of others.
Entering the Conversation
As a scholar, you will enter into conversation with other writers and thinkers. As you do so, you will build upon past conversations and point to future ones. The norms of academic writing require that you ethically and responsibly point to the sources you consult, in order to:
Frame the issue and share your understandings
Signal your allegiance or disagreement with others
Establish your credibility as a knowledgeable participant