posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 06:25 AM
reply to post by Tuning Spork
we shouldn.t mix up the quotes from external sources aka citations and the references!
you are right, it is not necessary to cite that much in opening statements or in closing statements.
but it can be very necessary sometimes.
you and your opponent fight about e.g. "europe will be communistic"
and than you find the statement of a leading politician of the EC who claims exactly what supports your position.
surely you can describe it, tell them in your own words.
but in this case quoting the politician is better!
you are claiming to save the references for the main body of the debate.
would that mean to extend the references from 5 to 7 per post?
and what are you doing in case of finding THE argument on the web when doing closing rebutal?
nope i think it is really ok this way.
we should lay much more focus on rethoric and telling by ourselves than to external sources. but if you really need them you should be able to use
maybe it would be a good idea to gain extra points by the judges for not using possible external sources in opening and closing.
then you try to focus much more on rethoric but you still can use the possibility if really needed!