In recent years the issue of academic honesty has become crucial in our country. The teachers, university and even school students are requested to cite the authors while preparing reports, presentations etc. This is a good tendency, however the teachers need to always be aware of the fact that probably not all of their students do actually know the structure of citing. The reason for that goes back to the Internet. There are many online citation machines that help students to precisely cite their authors. I can understand the fact that one does not always have time to sit and consider all “points” and “brackets”, however this is a useful skill, that once remembered can further lead a student to careful citing.
Another important thing to mention is that APA style is not the only one used for proper citing. Two years ago in our school we had MHRA citing style, which later was found quite complicated and we gradually moved to APA. Today, all of our students are introduced to APA and try to fit its standards while writing their papers, however I have a fear that not all of them are “familiar” with original requirements. Moreover, the habit of using the machine instead of trying to deduce the structure of original citing technique can play tricks with students, as not all of the citation sites are trustworthy, as a result the students do not have a chance to check the originality of citations.
Personally, I always do my citations by hand and consider this right, I also try to teach my students not to rely on Internet much. I do hope that this will help my students to become autonomous and keep the knowledge in their heads, so that even in the right middle of the desert they could use proper citation style.