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Citation & Style Guides: Understanding Citations

A collection of Selkirk's citation resources
























Created by Cardiff University Information Services and used under Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0

Why do we cite?

To show your reader you have done proper research by listing the sources of information you’ve used in your paper and to give credit to those you’ve take ideas from.

To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas of other authors.

To allow your reader to track down the sources you’ve used in your paper.

How do we cite?

By paraphrasing and quoting the words and ideas of other authors and including in text citations and a works cited list.

Note taking can help you paraphrase the ideas you have read.

How and when do we quote?

We quote when we use two or more words directly from another author. We use quotation marks and an in text citation.

What are citation styles?

Citation styles are different ways to cite your sources. Various disciplines use different citation styles and Selkirk uses APA, MLA, Chicago, and Scientific Style. Depending on your program and choice of courses you may use a number of different citation styles while at Selkirk.

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