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What is a citation?

When doing research it is often necessary to consult other research. Citations help you to show others that you've done your research and where your information came from. This lets them know that they can trust your work and follow or extend  your research.

Citations also help you to build your credibility as a scholar. By citing your sources you are showing respect for the researchers you got your information from.

A citation usually includes four important pieces of information:

  • author(s)
  • title
  • publication
  • date

Take a look at this video for a quick introduction to citations!

FAQ

Why can't I find citation style I need?

If the tabs above do not have an example to help you then please contact the Service Desk, they will be happy to point you in the right direction. 

Guide Info

For information about this guide, contact Brett Cloyd or Kaeli Nieves-Whitmore

Ask a Librarian

Librarians are available to help you with your questions. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have regarding citation styles, citation management, etc.

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