Style guides provide information on writing and publication in various disciplines, including how to format manuscripts and cite sources. For example, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, often referred to as APA style, covers writing for the behavioral and social sciences, manuscript structure, style mechanics, how to display results and credit and reference sources, details of the publication process, and more.
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According to Walker and Taylor (2006) there are five principles of referencing:
Neville (2007) discusses why referencing is important. He provides nine reasons, though acknowledges there are likely more: Tracing the origins of ideas, Building a web of ideas, Finding your own voice, Validity of arguments, Spreading knowledge, An appreciation, Influences, Marking criteria, and to Avoid plagiarism.
Neville, C. (2007). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. New York: Open University Press.
Walker, J., & Taylor, T. (2006). The Columbia guide to online style (2nd ed.). New York: Columbia University Press.