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Purdue University's website on writing, OWL provides an in depth overview of all the major style guides including parenthetical citations, references, and general formatting guidelines.
When you are asked to follow a certain citation style, you are being asked to format your paper in a particular way. This includes title pages, headers, page numbers, in-text citations and quotes, works cited/reference lists, and more.
Which style you are asked to use will depend on your field of study, and your professors' preferences. Typically, science, social science, and nursing majors use APA style, while English and other humanities majors use MLA style, and history majors use Chicago style. When in doubt as to which style to use, ask your professor.
It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
If you have a citation on your Reference or Works Cited page, there must be a matching parenthetical or in-text citation in the body of your paper and vice versa.
Citing a source means that you show, within the body of your text, that you took words, ideas, figures, images, etc. from another place.
Citations are a short way to uniquely identify a published work (e.g. book, article, chapter, web site). They are found in bibliographies and reference lists and are also collected in article and book databases.
Citations consist of standard elements, and contain all the information necessary to identify and track down publications, including:
Citations may look different, depending on what is being cited and which style was used to create them. Choose an appropriate style guide for your needs.
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