Style Guides show you how to format a document and cite sources. There are many different style guides, The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:
Bottom line: Check with your professor to make sure you use the style required for that class. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!
If you cite a source in your bibliography simply with a URL like this:
it does technically indicate where you found it, and someone might be able to find it again. But:
A good citation makes it easy for the reader to figure out the who, what, when, and where of the source like this:
To avoid plagiarism, you need to cite the ideas and words that you borrow from others, but knowing precisely what to cite (and when) is not always as straightforward as it sounds. Here are some resources to help you understand what you need to cite.
"Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."
"A free browser-based tool for creating citations and entire bibliographies. Users can input references in order to create automated citations and make a bibliography. Users also have options to manually supply reference information or search EasyBib for their reference to create an automated citation."
"Created by the Hekman Library of Calvin College as a reliable and efficient means of citing sources for its students. The generator is provided free of service and there is an option to create an account so you have more access privileges such as saving citations for later and alphabetizing them."
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