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Citation styles define how citations or references are organized and formatted within a paper. The three most commonly used citation styles in higher education include:
Modern Language Association (MLA) - used in literature, arts, humanities, and some other disciplines. Format
American Psychological Association (APA) - used in social sciences such as anthropology, business, psychology, sociology, and political science. Format
- also known as Turabian format, and used most often in history and art. Chicago Format
If you are not sure which one to use,
ask your instructor what citation style he or she prefers you to use for your assignments.
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How and Why you should Cite a Source
Used with permission of the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Plagiarism - how to avoid it
What is Plagiarism?
Used with permission from the Paul Robeson Library, Reference Department, Rutgers University.
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