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Citing your sources is important because:
- Giving credit (attribution) to original authors helps you avoid plagiarizing
- Citations allow your readers to find your sources
- Citations add credibility to your arguments
- Your professors expect it as part of standard academic discourse
Different citation formats are used by different academic disciplines. Professors will often require a particular format, but if they have no preference these guidelines may be helpful:
- APA - psychology, education, and other social sciences
- MLA - literature, arts, and humanities
- Turabian - also used often in literature, history, and the arts
- Chicago - used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers and other non-scholarly publications
RefWorks: Citation Cop Video
RefWorks: Manage - Store - Format - Cite
RefWorks is an online tool that helps you manage, store, format and cite resources used in the research process.
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