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Citation Styles  

You know you have to cite your work, but you're not sure how. Take a look at this guide to help get you started.
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Which citation style should I use?

The only way to know for sure is to ask your professor. This information may also be found in your syllabus for a class, or material about the assignment you're working on. 

Most of the time, classes in certain disciplines consistently use the same citation style. This list at the OWL @ Purdue gives a run down of which disciplines use which style.


Citation Needed


Why We Cite

All scholarly work (and yes, this includes your term papers), owes something to previous work. Citing our sources when we write is an agreed upon way to acknowledge the people who have helped us shape our ideas, or argue our points. It is required because failing to cite our sources properly (intentionally or accidentally) is passing off others ideas are our own. This is stealing, or plagiarism. 

The good news is that citing your sources doesn't have to be difficult. Pick the citation style that applies to your discipline from the tabs above to get started. Remember that your friendly librarians are always here to help you if you get stuck!

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