A citation serves two purposes: it gives credit to the author, artist, or creator and it enables your reader to locate the sources you cited. You should cite sources you have paraphrased, quoted, or otherwise used in your research paper. A style guide shows you how to format your footnotes, bibliography, or works cited lists, as well as how to structure your paper. The style you use (AMA, APA, Chicago, MLA) depends on your field of inquiry. Check with your professor to see which style is most appropriate.
Citation is your indication that certain material in your work came from another source. It also provides readers with the information necessary to find that source again. Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing.
The following situations almost always require citation:
Adapted from: Plagiarism.org
Citation Managers can help you keep track of your references and share your citations. They can help you create a bibliography and organize your work more easily.
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