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Why Cite Your Sources?
When you write a research paper, you use information and facts from a variety of resources to support your own ideas or to help you develop new ones. Books, articles, videos, interviews, and Web sites are some examples of sources you might use. Citing these sources of information in your work is essential because:
- It gives credit to the author of the original work who provided you with the information or idea
- It allows your audience to identify and find the source material in order to learn more about your topic
- It gives your paper more credibility because it shows you're supporting your arguments with high-quality sources
Citation Style Affects Your Paper in Three Places
Whenever you use a citation style (ANY citation style!) you will be governed by that style in three ways:
- The general format of the paper. This includes margins, font, page numbers, line spacing, titles, headings, etc.
- The bibliography. The bibliography is the cumulative list of all sources used in your research.
- In-text citation. Citing sources within the body of your paper lets your reader know you are incorporating someone else's words/research/ideas.
Accuracy & Precision
Citation styles present researchers with a set of strict rules....not vague guidelines. Accuracy and precision are vital to the citation process. Always check your work carefully to ensure you've followed all conventions, including font styles, capitalization, punctuation, alphabetization, and format concerns.