This guide will assist with selecting and correctly using a citation style while writing papers in scientific disciplines. There are many different styles to choose from when writing a paper, but many fields of study prefer a particular one. If you are unsure which style to use, check with your instructor.
Citations and Citation Styles
A citation is a reference to a source you used to support your research. Citations give credit to the original author(s) and can be used to locate particular sources and avoid plagiarism.
A citation style dictates the information necessary for a citation and how the information is ordered, as well as punctuation and other formatting.
Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else's words or ideas and using them as your own. Often, students will plagiarize unintentionally. To avoid plagiarizing:
If you gathered the information or ideas from another source, even if you used your own words, you must cite that source.
Tips for paraphrasing sources: