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Citing Sources: Why Cite?

Citation styles and tools for citing sources/managing citations

Why Cite?

  • Citations let your readers know where you got the information you used in your writing.
  • They give credit to your sources and situate your work within the context of your field.
  • Citing sources accurately and thoroughly demonstrates that you understand where your work fits in scholarly discourse and that you have reviewed literature relevant to your topic.

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction (NCSU)