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A Student Guide to the John M. Pfau Library: Citing Sources

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What is a citation style?

A citation style is a set of rules and guidelines for capturing and presenting all the information that identifies one particular book, article, etc.  

Citing sources:

  • Avoids plagiarism by showing where you got the ideas and information you used.
  • Allows anybody to locate and read the sources you used.
  • Clearly shows which ideas are yours.

Bibliography or References

A list of citations is usually known as a bibliography or references.




Think of it this way--citing your sources creates a path of publications anyone can follow.