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Citing Sources: Getting Started

Why Cite?

Citation is necessary because scholars (and other honest people) want to share ideas without stealing them. 
When you create a research paper or presentation, it is (or should be) a combination of your original thoughts and the knowledge you have gained from the thoughts of others.


Citation is a way of giving credit to those whose ideas made your final product possible.

Which Style?

APA - Psychology, Social Sciences
MLA - English, Humanities
Chicago - History, Art
CSE - Biological Sciences, Medical Technology
ACS - Chemistry, Biochemistry

Not sure which style to use? Check with your professor or journal submission guidelines if submitting for publication .

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