Style guides provide information on writing and publication in various disciplines, including formatting 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.
Use the tabs on the left for information on the AP, APA, ASA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and science citation styles and information on citing government information.
Above, you can find information on managing your research by using citation management tools.
Why should you cite a source? There are many reasons. Take a look at this tutorial for more information on sources.
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.
What sort of information needs cited and how can you respect it in your research? Find out more by viewing this video on academic integrity.
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