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A guide to the major citation styles


Why cite? Citing your sources:

  • Supports your claims and helps readers understand your viewpoints.
  • Shows readers how you arrived at your positions on issues.
  • Gives credit to the authors whose works you use, thus avoiding plagiarism.
  • Helps your readers find other works on the same topic.
  • Allows your readers to check your sources if they have any questions.
  • Gives you the opportunity to show off your research abilities!

This guide is designed to help you understand and use the major citation style guides. Click on the tabs above or the links below to navigate this site.

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What type of source did you find? Use the Field Guide to Research Sources to identify it