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The release of the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and the recent revisions to the APA and MLA guidelines prompted us to wonder how instructors are using citation style guides in today’s business communication courses. If you have a moment, we’d appreciate your feedback on a couple of points.

First, which citation format do you use in your class?

Second, how much importance do you place on strict adherence to the guidelines? Clear and complete attribution is always vital, of course, and helping students learn to cite correctly is an important responsibility in any writing class. However, we’re curious about how much latitude you give students who cite clearly and completely but don’t follow the guidelines exactly.

This recent article from the New York Times addresses the challenge of preventing cheating on homework projects and tests. The use of technology to check assignments for plagiarism and to monitor students during exams certainly seems to be growing. However, not all instructors or institutions buy into this approach, with some advocating the less-adversarial approach of instilling an atmosphere of honor and trust.

This is not a simple either/or question, to be sure, but in terms of overall emphasis, do you lean toward fostering an environment of trust or relying on monitoring systems to prevent cheating? Is the honor system realistic, even if it is the preferred strategy?