• DO include links to your references
Cite Your Sources
Get into the habit of using links in your writing. It’s an easy way to make your annotations more interesting.
Links also help to keep your annotations succinct. Instead of lifting whole paragraphs from Wikipedia, you can just summarize the relevant points and link to the rest.
Here are the kinds of things you should be linking up:
Other songs. Whenever you mention another rap song in your explanation, link to that song’s page on Rap Genius. If it’s not on the site, add it!
Interviews, news stories etc. Don’t just vaguely refer to something you once read somewhere. If it’s online, track it down and link to it. Better yet, add it to News Genius and throw a few annotations on it! If you are going to put an interview/news story up on Rap Genius, remember to excerpt the import parts and annotate.
Quotes. Don’t include quotes without linking to the source material. It’s frustrating to read an interesting snippet, but not know where to find the rest.
Books, films, TV shows, famous people etc. Include links to these even if the reference seems obvious. American sports stars and old TV shows, for example, may not be widely known outside the US.
Note: Always integrate your links into the main text rather than adding them as footnotes at the bottom of your annotations.
When quoting a reference:
- Don’t put the link in the quote
- Don’t quote huge blocks of text
- Do put the link before/after the quote
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