Citing Sources Tutorial
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Why Cite Sources?
- Lend authority and credibility to your work
- Allow readers (including your instructor!) to cross‐reference sources easily
- Provide consistent format
- Acknowledge academic debts and avoid plagiarism
What are Citation Formats?
Citation formats are rules and guidelines that make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication. They cover the following:
- Layout of the paper (margins, spaces between lines, font size, etc.)
- Documentation of sources within the paper (called in-text citation or parenthetical citation)
- Documentation of sources in the Works Cited
There are many citation formats. Some of the more commonly used ones are MLA format, APA format, and Chicago format.