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Allows you to acknowledge your source and the author of the original
Ensures that you are not plagiarizing or claiming someone else's
original idea as your own idea.
Shows the careful work you have put into finding good sources.
Helps the reader understand the context of your research and locate
other sources of interest.
Citation: A Brief Introduction
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Primary Citation Style Guides
The best way to ensure you are properly citing sources is to refer to the appropriate style guide. Copies of these guides are available in the library's Reference Collection (1st Floor, Fireside Room).