P.A.N.I.C. Pro-Active Notetaking Includes Citation
While you are listening in class and reading the course materials, you are learning from the ideas of others about a subject. In a sense, all of your courses are about the conversations going on in the world about a topic. The papers you produce in the class are meant to bring that all together.
As a student, you're being asked to show that you understand the conversations and can engage in what the original authors were saying. The point of a paper is to demonstrate that you can hang with the scholars. And just like you'd give your friends credit for their ideas on awesome plans for the weekend - you have to give credit to the authors.
But don't actual panic - in this tutorial, you will learn how to take notes while you're in class and reading so that you are sure to tag... ahem, cite the right authors for their ideas.