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This guide is aimed to help students through the often confusing process of citing sources and/or writing reference lists.
Here you will find background information and a links to reliable websites that guide students through academic writing, avoiding plagiarism, citation styling, citation aides, etc..
Why do we cite books, journal articles, web sites. etc. we have referred to in a research paper? It's not just about plagiarism!
All writers (that's you!) must cite material...
Librarians are often asked "How do I cite this book/journal article/web site in my research paper?" There is not one correct way to cite something. Writing guides (commonly referred to as style manuals) provide rules and instruction on research paper composition.
You should use a style manual in order to properly cite materials, set up footnotes or in-text citations, and/or a works cited list (aka: reference list, bibliography.) Different style manuals are used for different disciplines or subject areas:
Many style manuals (or portions of them) are also freely accessible on the web. See links to the right. However bookstores sell many useful paper or "pocket style" versions which students often prefer.
Be sure to check with your instructor if you are unsure which style to use for your research paper.