Available Until 4/18/2024

Promoting Citational Justice in the Health Sciences*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Mark Coltrain, MLIS, at coltrainjm@appstate.edu . 

Citations are the bedrock of academic discourse and are how academic hierarchies replicate themselves. The idea that you must cite to acknowledge the work of others and legitimize your own ideas is ingrained in students through both faculty and librarians. But rarely do we step back, reflect, and question the politics around citational practices within academia and research fields, like health and medicine, to see what harm these embedded practices can cause in terms of who is highlighted and who gets erased. Citations often dictate who gets jobs, who gets promoted, who gets funding, and who belongs in a field.

This interactive class will introduce the concept of citational justice, its implications and possible harm from real world examples within the field of health sciences, and offer space to discuss solutions. With the presence of health inequity and racial disparities within health access and treatment, representation and whose knowledge gets valued and uplifted can impact the quality of life in our communities.

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Learning Objectives

After attending this class, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the idea of citational justice;
  • Identify real-world examples of its implications; and
  • Investigate how they might integrate the idea of citational justice into their practices/contexts


  • Introduction and Prior Knowledge Check - 10 minutes
  • Presentation - 40 minutes
  • Activity & Discussion - 25 minutes
  • Q&A - 15 minutes

MLA CE Credits: 1.5