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African American/Black Studies (AABS)

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What this guide can help you with

This guide is intended to help students no matter what course they are enrolled in who are researching an AABS topic, but may be a good resource for students enrolled in the following courses taught at Mt. SAC:

  • AABS 1 Intro to Black Studies
  • AABS 35 African American/Black Politics

What is Citation Justice?

Citation Justice is the act of citing authors based on identity to uplift marginalized voices with the knowledge that citation is used as a form of power in a patriarchal society based on white supremacy. Citation Justice is based on a growing body of evidence across disciplines that women, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are cited less frequently than their white male counterparts. Citation justice is the process of being intentional about who you cite in your own work to uplift and center gender-diverse, Black, Indigenous, people of color, S2LGBTQIA+ people to subvert the process in academia.

"Citations are not just a way to acknowledge a person’s contributions to research. Because funders and universities commonly consider citation metrics when making decisions about grants, hiring and promotions, citations can have a significant impact on a scholar’s career, says Cassidy Sugimoto, an information scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. “Citations, in many ways, are the currency of the academic market.” (Kwon 2022).

Kwon, D. (2022). The rise of Citational Justice: How scholars are making references fairer. Nature, 603(7902), 568–571.

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