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Introduction to Citation
Citation is the process of giving credit to the sources used in a paper or presentation.
It is used for a number of reasons
- to acknowledge another's idea
- to differentiate your own ideas from others
- to increase your own credibility by drawing on another's authority
- to help your reader find your sources
- to avoid plagiarism
These general ideas about citation are true across different styles, but different disciplines (subjects) use different styles. Styles are sets of rules for how a paper should look, and these rules vary a little bit by the style. The most commonly used styles at Valencia are: APA, Chicago, and MLA.
Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction