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Citation Styles: Welcome
Anyone who writes and researches in the academic environment must be able to use the citation style for that particular discipline. This guide will give basic information of how and why various citation styles are used.
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Reasons for Citation Styles
It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list
To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors. (See the College of Charleston's Honor Code.)