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Citation Styles: Introduction

Introduction

What Is Citation

Citation tells readers about the sources you have used in your work. It can be found in the text or at the end of the work as a bibliography / reference list.

Why Do We Have to Cite

  • Acknowledge the ideas of the original authors and give them credit.
  • To avoid plagiarism.
  • To support your arguments.
  • To help readers to locate your reference for further research.

Elements of a Cited Work

Use the elements of cited works to compose a list of references at the end of your paper so that readers can retrieve the items you mention in your text.

For example, if you mention the book Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong by Gordon Mathews in your text, you must document this source:

In-text citation (Author, Year of Publication, and Page Number in parenthesis)

In-text citation

Bibliography

Bibliography

Books

Books

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Audio-visual Materials

Audio-visual Materials

Web Publications

Web Publications

Social Media

There exists a wealth of information closely related to our life and study in various sources of social media such as

Facebook Facebook  YouTube YouTube  Twitter Twitter  Blog  B, etc.

To cite, note the major elements of social media materials -- Author, Date, Title and Source.

 

Social Media

Academic Honesty

Cite correctly others' work in your texts to avoid plagiarism.

Academic Honesty

 

Apply a proper citation style in your writing.

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